The One Baltimore for Jobs (1B4J) program, active in 2016 and 2017, sought to connect young African-American males in Baltimore with high-quality jobs in growing industries. This executive summary reviews 1B4J’s objectives, outcomes and lessons learned. It supplements a full report that describes the program — including its challenges, successes and the systems changes that occurred — and explains why Baltimore’s story should inform the workforce development efforts of communities nationwide.
One program, two years and $5 million to build a stronger workforce pipeline in Baltimore
Findings & Stats on 1B4J
Roughly 84% of the 1,355 individuals enrolled in 1B4J completed training.
Evidence of Success
Among participants who completed a program, three-fourths were placed in jobs with an average wage of $12.22/hr.
A Smart Combination
Job readiness programs that incorporated life skills training and career exploration were especially effective — and led to better outcomes — for young adults.
Statements & Quotations
1B4J supported pilot projects to test innovative barrier removal strategies and strengthen connections between workforce development, adult education, legal services and child support organizations.
1B4J included two pilot programs that tested whether expanded access to legal and child support services could improve outcomes for disconnected jobseekers. The pilots were lauded for efficiently providing high-quality services and considered the most important and enduring innovations of the demonstration.