Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Conference to Highlight City Transitional Jobs Program

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Conference to Highlight City Transitional Jobs Program

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Mayors, city council members and municipal staff interested in learning about transitional jobs programs, which help residents with barriers to employment enter the workforce, are invited to attend the National Transitional Jobs Network (NTJN) national conference on April 1-2, 2008, in Oakland, Calif.

Many cities are using the transitional jobs model to help specific groups secure and maintain employment through time-limited, wage-paying jobs, often in public or nonprofit organizations, combined with skill development activities and support services.

Individuals who participate in transitional jobs programs include at-risk youth, former offenders, homeless individuals and welfare recipients. Studies have shown that these programs typically place 50 percent to 75 percent of participants in unsubsidized employment at a rate that is one-third higher than less intensive programs.

Communities that help hard-to-employ residents overcome barriers to work reap benefits in terms of increased family economic security, higher tax revenue, reduced dependence on emergency services and lower rates of crime and incarceration.

NLC's Institute for Youth, Education and Families (YEF Institute), in partnership with the National Transitional Jobs Network, provided 10 cities with technical assistance in 2002-04 to help them implement transitional jobs programs.

This project helped the YEF Institute identify several roles local elected officials can play to assist residents who are struggling to find and keep jobs: convening stakeholders and partners, building public will in the community, helping programs find resources and leading city government to design and support programs.

The following examples highlight cities that support transitional jobs programs.

Las Vegas

The Las Vegas Workforce Development Department operates Women in Transition (WIT), a transitional jobs program for women who are exiting prison. …

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