As part of the Casey Foundation’s Jobs Initiative, the report describes ways to help lift disadvantaged neighborhoods out of poverty by improving low-income workers’ job readiness and retention, while simultaneously increasing the quantity and quality of available career opportunities.

March 2, 2002

In This Report, You’ll Learn

  1. 1

    A look at the reasons underlying neighborhood poverty.

  2. 2

    How workforce development can help address neighborhood poverty.

  3. 3

    Workforce development methods that work in poor neighborhoods.

  4. 4

    How regional organizations can support workforce development efforts.

  1. 5

    How to plan and implement a neighborhood employment program.

  2. 6

    A look at Milwaukee Making Connections and the Lincoln Action Program.

Key Takeaway

Neighborhood-Focused Employment

Neighborhood-focused workforce development efforts can help address poverty, one low-income worker at a time. This model also expands job training and career advancement opportunities for all residents in an otherwise disadvantaged area.

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