EBCF Community Partners provide training and support that enable hundreds of clients to learn a trade or develop specialized skills—giving them hope for a stronger future and allowing them to participate fully in the East Bay economy.

Impact: Economic Opportunity

EBCF Community Partners provide training and support that enable hundreds of clients to learn a trade or develop specialized skills—giving them hope for a stronger future and allowing them to participate fully in the East Bay economy.
The East Bay region is one of contrasts—bay and hills, urban and suburban, fog and sun. Unfortunately our region is also one where prosperity exists side-by-side with poverty. EBCF invests in programs that help people with employment barriers start and stay on a path toward economic self-sufficiency. Our Community Partners and other grantees provide skills training and job placement in high demand industries such as construction, information/communications technology, and culinary services. They also offer life-skills and financial-management training, interview practice, on-the-job experience, coaching, and long-term follow up services to help their graduates succeed and advance in the workplace.

“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 Challenges

Our 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 Work

Graduates 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 Starts

Our 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

Community Housing Development Corporation of North Richmond

Cypress Mandela Training Center*

East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation

East Oakland Youth Development Center

Economic Development Alliance for Business

First Place for Youth

Inner City Advisors

Opportunity Junction*

Rubicon Programs*

Self Help Economic Development, Inc.

Solar Richmond*

Stride Center*

The Bread Project*

* See “Good Work” data above

Other Grantees Total Grants: $1.99 Million

AnewAmerica Community Corporation

Center for Employment Opportunities

Fremont Family Resource Center Corporation

Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay

International Rescue Committee

Monument Impact

National Employment Law Project

Richmond BUILD

St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County

St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County

The Workforce Collaborative

Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security (WAGES)

Youth Employment Partnership, Inc.

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