On Tuesday, Oct. 2nd, Mayor McGinn held a press conference at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church to unveil the Career Bridge program. This is a unique partnership among HSD, the Office for Economic Development, the Seattle Jobs Initiative, and grassroots community organizations to help low-income adults of color get the skills and training they need to apply for career-path jobs. The Mayor’s Proposed Budget provides funding for this program. Here’s video of the press conference, which included some inspiring words from community sponsors and participants.
Mayor McGinn announces City funding awards to six community agencies for a job readiness training program for immigrant and refugee youth and their families. In January 2012, the Human Services Department (HSD) released a Request for Investment (RFI) in response to community feedback heard during Mayor’s Youth & Families Initiative community meetings and HSD’s Strategic Plan community engagement. The job readiness training program is unique in its approach to involve both established agencies that serve this population and smaller “developing” agencies that are based in the community.