Report

Launched in 1995, the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Jobs Initiative aimed to boost employment options for young Americans living in low-income communities in six cities. This report looks at how the initiative’s participating sites approached hiring and retention inequities related to race and ethnicity. Readers will learn the successes and challenges of their efforts to address cultural competence and what strategies the sites developed to expand opportunities for job seekers and workers of color.  

April 17, 2017

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    An overview of the Jobs Initiative.

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    Why the initiative focused on people of color.

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    Where sites succeeded and struggled in boosting cultural competence.

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    How the Foundation helped support cultural competence at the site level.

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    What participants would have done differently to enhance the initiative’s race-related work.

Key Takeaway

Introducing the Jobs Initiative — a different kind of workforce development project

Unlike most workforce development efforts at the time, the Jobs Initiative acknowledged the many challenges that workers of color face, and it committed to doing something about them.  

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