Impact: Economic Opportunity
“Poverty Stops With Me”
Andrew grew up poor, moved often, and missed lots of school. He wanted something better for his baby daughter, but found himself reliving his parents’ struggles. At Opportunity Junction, Andrew earned computer-skills certification and received job search support. His new job at a local hardware supply company offers decent pay, benefits, and advancement opportunities. He now takes pride in being able to provide for his family. He says: “My grandparents lived in poverty. My parents lived in poverty. I was raised in poverty. But poverty stops with me.”
Shared ChallengesOur job-training partners serve a diverse group of individuals, who range from 18 years old to more than 50 years old. However, many participants share similar barriers to employment, including limited English skills, low educational attainment, and a history of incarceration.
Good WorkGraduates of six tracked training programs (see asterisks below) got jobs in computer repair, production baking, solar installation, construction, administration, and other industries throughout the East Bay. Data from our Community Partners showed that 40-75% of these individuals were still employed after one year.
Strong StartsOur Community Partners strive to place graduates in jobs with wages that promote self-sufficiency. They then help participants move into higher-paid jobs over time. The range of starting wages ($10.93-$21.00/hour) reflects the different industry focus and the employment barriers and skills of the clients being served.
Economic Empowerment Grants
Community Partners Total Grants: $2.89 Million
Cypress Mandela Training Center*
East Oakland Youth Development Center
Economic Development Alliance for Business
Inner City Advisors
The Bread Project*
Other Grantees Total Grants: $1.99 Million
Center for Employment Opportunities
Fremont Family Resource Center Corporation
International Rescue Committee
National Employment Law Project
St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County
St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County
Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security (WAGES)
Youth Employment Partnership, Inc.