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Gearing up for Workforce Development Month

As our August communication reaches your inbox, you may be maximizing the last days of summer or already in back-to-school mode. At the National Fund, we are preparing for Workforce Development Month. While every month is workforce development month for us,  September is a great time to showcase the incredible work being done across our network. We will be celebrating by sharing our newest tools and resources, videos, reports, and more. We’ll also highlight some of the incredible success stories from our sites across the country.

Be on the lookout for more Workforce Development Month materials next month. Stay up to date by following us on Twitter and LinkedIn by using and following #NFWkDevMonth19!

President's Corner


Our message from Time is Now this past June in Dallas must have reached the boardrooms of Wall Street! According to a report from the New York Times, the Business Roundtable, a group of nearly 200 CEOs representing some of the largest corporations in the world, came to an enlightened conclusion at their most recent meeting: shareholder value should not be the primary motivation of corporations. Instead, corporations must invest in the many other stakeholders they serve – especially their employees. For years, the National Fund has encouraged businesses to invest in their workers, because a good job is a competitive advantage, especially in today’s labor market. We have worked with hundreds of employers of all sizes who know that investing in their workforce is good for business. We applaud this decision from the Business Roundtable because at the National Fund we believe that workers are an asset to be invested in, not a cost to be minimized.
 
We welcome your thoughts and feedback. Please let us know what you think by emailing me directly at fdedrick@nationalfund.org.

Diversifying Apprenticeship in North Carolina

Despite youth apprenticeship’s popularity, little has been written about strategies to ensure access and equity. But such strategies are critically necessary. A new report from the North Carolina Justice Center discusses barriers to apprenticeship and some of the different strategies used to address these barriers. In fact, the report found three design barriers and 65 functional barriers across the programs surveyed, including 32 barriers that specifically hinder students of color. In other words, students of color face twice the number of barriers as white students. Learn more in our newest blog from National Fund Director of Work-Based Learning Pam Howze, who helped co-author the NC Justice Center report.

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First Awardees of the Paradox Prize Announced

“No car, no job; no job, no car.” That is the transportation challenge that winners of the Paradox Prize will take on. Earlier this month, the Fund for Our Economic Future in Cleveland announced the first round of winners: Manufacturing Works, Akron METRO, and SHARE Microtransit. Each awardee will tackle this transportation paradox in a unique way. There will be two more rounds of prizes awarded in 2019. The Paradox Prize is funded in part by the National Fund through its systems change grant.

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Meet Jonathan

We are pleased to welcome Jonathan Osei to the National Fund team, who is joining us as a program associate.

Jonathan Osei is a program associate at the National Fund where he works closely with the director of evaluation and impact assessment to support systems change initiatives and evaluation activities. Prior to joining the National Fund, Jonathan gained experience working public policy advocacy, community development, and economic empowerment at the local level as a coordinator with Community Empowerment Fund and StepUp Durham and at the national level as an intern with National Community Reinvestment Coalition. Jonathan earned a bachelor's degree in public policy with a minor in economics from Duke University.
 

Thank You for Voting for Us for SXSW EDU

Voting for SXSW EDU ended last Friday. We want to say thank you to everyone who voted for our panel. We also want to thank those who took the time to leave a comment on the PanelPicker page. We really appreciate all the support we have gotten during the voting period!

We Have Moved!


Our new location:
1250 Connecticut Ave. NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036

National Fund staff can still be reached at the same email and phone numbers. We look forward to welcoming you in our brand new office!

Blog Roundup


CareerSTAT Academy Member Spotlight: UC Davis Health
 
CareerSTAT Academy Member Spotlight: Methodist Healthcare System of San Antonio
 
Proposed Changes to Food Assistance Would Make it Harder for Working Families
 
Don’t Blame Schools for Unfilled Crappy Jobs
 
Diversifying Apprenticeship in North Carolina
 

Success Across the Network

The National Fund's network of 33 partner communities are continually testing and scaling new efforts to help workers, companies, and communities succeed. Our local partners are strengthening their regions' workforce system, preparing workers for good jobs and helping companies hire and retain talented employees. Recent stories include:

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