Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Sites Chosen to Receive Jobs Program Technical Assistance

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Sites Chosen to Receive Jobs Program Technical Assistance

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Seven sites have been selected to participate in an 18-month technical assistance project to establish transitional jobs programs for hard-to-employ individuals.

These transitional jobs programs will provide paid work experience and help the participants secure permanent jobs with family supporting wages.

The selected sites are: Boston. Indianapolis; Las Vegas: Essex County/Newark, N.J.: Oakland, Calif.; Peoria, Ill.; and Scranton. Pa.

"We applaud the commitment of these community leaders to improving the local workforce and promoting economic security for all residents," said Donald. J. Borut, executive director of the National League of Cities. "Through this project, these sites join a growing number of communities promoting the Transitional Jobs model and set an example of what can be accomplished through innovative leadership."

Technical Assistance Project

The National Transitional Jobs Network, based in Chicago, will coordinate the provision of technical assistance.

The four project partners--NLC's Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute), the National Transitional Jobs Network, the Center for Employment Opportunities in New York and the Transitional Work Corporation in Philadelphia--will work with the selected sites to develop an action plan and implement strategies for improving employment opportunities.

Experts from the Center for Employment Opportunities and the Transitional Work Corporation will serve as the main technical assistance providers.

Each selected site will gain access to a range of benefits including:

* Direct access to national experts:

* Individualized design and implementation support;

* Assistance exploring the federal and state funding options available to support local jobs programs; and

* Opportunities to participate in a cross-site network of community leaders.

Transitional Jobs Model

The transitional jobs model is designed to help residents with barriers to work prepare for, and succeed in, long-term employment through temporary, wage-paying jobs in local government or a nonprofit organization.

This work is generally supplemented with education, training and counseling.

While several of the selected sites plan to focus on varying populations (e.g., the homeless or at-risk youth), all seek to engage former offenders.

Former offenders often have difficulty reintegrating into the workforce after they are released from jail. Transitional jobs can help these individuals develop a current work history and references that then allow them to move into permanent jobs.

Local Plans

Boston

Boston's efforts will target ex-offenders with little or no work history and will build upon the foundation of existing transitional jobs programs that currently serve individuals with disabilities and the homeless. …

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