Casey Grants Support Community-Led Workforce Development in Atlanta

Posted June 24, 2019, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Learning skills on a computer to approve employability

Photo credit: Chiaki Kawajiri for the Casey Foundation

The Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion has award­ed sev­er­al non­prof­its $350,000 in com­bined grants to help res­i­dents in South­west Atlanta strength­en their employ­ment skills and find fam­i­ly-sus­tain­ing jobs that align with their career goals and interests.

Awardees include:

To receive fund­ing, appli­cants had to demon­strate com­pe­ten­cy in sev­er­al areas, includ­ing res­i­dent recruit­ment and engage­ment, part­ner­ship build­ing with local employ­ers, skills and job-readi­ness train­ing and a com­mit­ment to racial equi­ty and inclusion.

These orga­ni­za­tions under­stand the local hir­ing envi­ron­ment and know how to sup­port res­i­dents in ways that will con­nect them to mean­ing­ful oppor­tu­ni­ties,” says Janelle Williams, who leads the Casey Foundation’s eco­nom­ic inclu­sion efforts in Atlanta.

By fund­ing part­ner­ships — and not just indi­vid­ual orga­ni­za­tions — Casey hopes to achieve greater results for res­i­dents and break through the bar­ri­ers that keep Atlantans of col­or from find­ing careers that inter­est them, align with their skills and allow them to thrive, says Williams.

Learn more about promis­ing work­force approach­es in Atlanta

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