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In This Report, You’ll Learn
An overview of the Foundation’s Jobs Initiative.
Issues that emerged during the initiative related to race and work.
Real-world tools and strategies for addressing these issues.
How employers and staff felt about cultural competence training.
This report focuses on six sites invested in workforce development as part of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Jobs Initiative. Readers will learn about the cultural competence issues that arose in these sites and the tools and strategies developed in response. This publication is a sequel to the Foundation’s
report, released in 2001. Taking the Initiative on Jobs and Race Table of Contents
Lesson No. 1 sounds simple (but it’s oh-so-important): Start talking
This report shares six lessons that Jobs Initiative sites learned about cultivating cultural competence in the workplace. Tops on the list? Launch a dialogue about race and work. This critical first step enabled sites to explicitly address the cultural competence challenges they faced.
Findings & Stats
Casey’s Jobs Initiative invested $30 million in six cities to help disadvantaged, low-skilled workers secure jobs and earn family-supporting wages.
View From the Top
Most Jobs Initiative employers said that race, ethnicity and culture were non-issues within their companies.
No Simple Solution
Jobs Initiative sites relied on a diverse toolkit of resources and strategies to navigate the complex intersection of jobs and race.
Statements & Quotations
As the world economy becomes more global and as the U.S. becomes increasingly ethnically diverse, the world of work is changing.
The Jobs Initiative experience illustrates that issues of race, ethnicity and culture arise along every point on the continuum of workforce development.
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