Partners & Links
Get America Working is connecting and partnering with many groups that share our goal of increasing work opportunites for young people, seniors, the disabled, minorities, and others who often have been puhed to the sidelines. Numerous environmental organizations also support our call for a tax shift to put a price on pollution while lowering the tax burden on workes and employers. These include:
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
See the Joint Center's issue report on African American employment: "Further to Go: Job Creation in African American Communities"
The Viscardi Center prepares people with disabiities for the workforce through job training and other pre-employment services.
For relevant studies and other sources of information see:
For a focus on employment for seniors see:
Encore.org focuses on second or encore careers for seniors
PBS's Next Avenue (a source of information on jobs and more)
Get America Working is a member of Ashoka's Social Entrepreneur Associates. Many U.S. Ashoka Fellows are working on employment-related issues. Among them:
Ami Dar through his organization, Action Without Borders, built www.idealist.org—the most popular online resource for the nonprofit sector. With information provided by 70,000 organizations around the world, 100,000 unique site visitors every day, and a staff of 25 it addresses dozens of social issues across the U.S. and around the world. It is the go-to search engine for citizen sector employment.
Rafael Alvarez’s organization, Genesys Works, gives low-income teens training in high-tech jobs and exposure to professional work environments proving his belief that students who experience success in "that first professional job" while still in high school are more likely to go to college and go on to thrive in the economic mainstream. Ten of the fifteen largest companies in Houston employ Genesys Works students, 90% of whom go to college. Many companies are asking for additional students each year.
Steve Bigari, a successful businessman, founded America’s Family to develop an entrepreneurial approach to helping working families overcome poverty and establish financial self-sufficiency. Low-wage workers in the U.S. are often one crisis away from extreme poverty. Bigari recruits employers to take a lead role in addressing the problems that make workers vulnerable, breaking the cycle of persistent poverty by helping workers achieve personal stability and develop the skills they need to get a foothold on the ladder to the middle class.
Elliott Brown’s idea is to provide on-the-job coaching and career counseling to teach transferable career-mobility skills. Springboard Forward (SBF) is helping low-wage workers develop the capacity to advance, while also giving employers a strengthened workforce. SBF pioneering model is to work directly with employers to motivate and develop their entry-level staff.
Jose-Pablo Fernandez helps Hispanic immigrants who find themselves locked into dead-end, low-wage jobs by barriers of language and culture, bringing limitations for themselves and their children. His organization, The Mexican Instistute of Greater Houston, provides job training programs and helps parents secure quality education for their children.
Jane Leu recognized that many immigrants have professional training and expertise but were driving cabs or doing other jobs not using their skills. She created Upwardly Global (UpGlo) to work with U.S. employers who need the skills of foreign-born professionals. Jane Leu is now trying to tap into “outsourced” talent for more than rote tasks –making links with the citizen sector.
Charlotte Frank created The Transition Network (TTN) to help women embrace their retirement as a period of growth and renewal when they can channel their considerable skills, experience, and energy into their communities. TTN is a new model that combines grassroots community-building, advocacy, empowerment, and service for the generation of women over 50. TTN, aims to transform the retirement options for older women and build the capacity of the citizen sector to embrace and utilize their talents and experience.
Ai-jen Poo is gaining respect and important rights and protections for the last excluded workforce in this country: domestic workers. Through the National Domestic Workers’ Alliance she has organized nannies, home health care providers and house cleaners making sure they are covered by labor protection laws. A new initiative Caring Across Generations, a campaign for quality home-based care and quality caretaking jobs, is making this ubiquitous but invisible workforce both visible and valued. In 2014 she was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.
Stephen Rothschild through Twin Cities Rise offers the unemployed poor four to twelve months of intensive professional training for careers in information technology, customer and financial services, administrative support, accounting, and operations. TCR meets needs of the unemployed and underemployed offering a real opportunity for living-wage employment; government gets successful job training and poverty reduction; and business benefits from a diverse talent pool and a skilled workforce.