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The 2019-2020 Policy Academy for Innovative Employment Strategies (PAIES) was an intensive technical assistance experience. Sponsored by the Office of Family Assistance (OFA), the Academy helped participating sites improve coaching and career pathways approaches.
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The Office of Family Assistance’s (OFA) Policy Academy for Innovative Employment Strategies (PAIES) was an intensive technical assistance (TA) initiative in 2019-2020 for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs interested in improving coaching and career pathways approaches. During the initiative, participating teams received dedicated coaches, strategic planning, access to expert consultants, and tailored written resources. Additionally, they participated in several convenings, peer exchanges, and virtual trainings.
This report highlights findings from a process evaluation of the Urban Alliance’s High School Internship Program in Washington, DC, Baltimore, Northern Virginia, and Chicago. The Urban Alliance program model aims to empower economically disadvantaged high school seniors to aspire, work, and succeed. The program provides youth participants with workplace skills training, opportunities for internships to gain work experience, mentorship at the internship site, and coaching support from case managers during youths’ participation in the program as well as for program alumni.
The National Skills Coalition will convene its annual Skills Summit from February 3 to February 5, 2020 in Washington, D.C. The Skills Summit will include networking opportunities with workforce leaders, updates on federal workforce policy from both agency and Capitol Hill perspectives, as well as interactive policy development sessions on the future of work that covers digital literacy, business engagement, and reemployment. Registration for the summit is available on the National Skills Coalition website.
The Aspen Institute will host a half-day session on January 21, 2020 in Washington, D.C. as part of the five-year anniversary celebration of the UpSkill America initiative. Speakers from the business community, policy makers, researchers, and upskilling program graduates will discuss lessons learned from the Upskill America initiative, identify innovative approaches for upskilling, review common challenges to implement upskilling initiatives, and explore the future of this initiative. Registration for this free event is available on the Aspen Institute website.
This ICF study assesses and analyzes the food economy in the District of Columbia and how its rapid growth could provide more inclusive opportunities for all city residents. Beyond an industry sector and economic impact analysis, the study examines workforce development opportunities to fill major labor force gaps and expand career pathways in the District’s food economy. In particular, the study highlights how workforce development opportunities targeting lower-income individuals in the District can help fill labor force gaps and improve employment outcomes for this population.
DC Central Kitchen provides 14 weeks of Culinary Arts training to participants that leads to certifications, then helps them find employment in the culinary field so they can be self-sufficient. Founded in 1989, DC Central Kitchen’s mission is to use food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities. For almost 30 years, DC Central Kitchen’s Culinary Job Training program has helped more than 1,700 men and women launch culinary careers. The program had 86% job placement rate from among 104 graduates from Culinary Job Training program in 2018.