Workforce Development

A quality job with family-sustaining wages is the most direct route out of poverty for most poor people. To a large measure, low-income people depend on the economic development and workforce systems to generate employment opportunities and to prepare people to access those job opportunities. Urban Strategies Council’s focus is on improving workforce development systems to better serve poor and low-income residents, especially those with barriers to employment or who need extra supports to access education and training services that lead to family-sustaining employment.

Brooklyn Basin Community Benefits Agreement

As a member of the Brooklyn Basin Community Benefits Coalition, the Council helped to secure a cooperation agreement with the developer of Brooklyn Basin. The agreement guarantees $1.65 million in funding to local pre-apprenticeship training programs and will provide 300,000 hours of new apprentice work on the project.

West Oakland Job Resource Center

The Council serves as fiscal sponsor for the West Oakland Job Resource Center, which was created as a result of the community benefits agreement between the City of Oakland, community-based organizations, and the developers of the Oakland Army Base. The Center connects Oakland residents to training and employment with contractors working on the Army Base development projects.

Youth Jobs+

Urban Strategies Council is partnering with United Way of the Bay Area as it extends its Youth Jobs+ program to Oakland, including coordination with the Oakland-Alameda County Opportunity Youth Initiative. In addition, the Council is developing processes with United Way and partner CBOs to create portals for Oakland youth to participate in the Youth Jobs+ program.

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Careers Work Group

This work group of community-based organizations, educators, high-ed officials, and public workforce systems has coordinated has cooperated with the Oakland Mayor’s office to organize the TechHire Community Challenge and the TechHire funding application to the Department of Labor.

techPathways.org

techPathways.org is a one stop website that demystifies tech careers as diverse as engineering, visual design, and digital marketing. The site also enables users to compare over sixty East Bay training programs where they can build skills for success, ranging from after-school programs to boot camps. Built in partnership with Raiz Labs, dStrategies, the East Bay Broadband Consortium, and the East Bay Economic Development Alliance.

East Bay Career Pathways Consortium Employer-Education Liaison, West Contra Costa Unified School District

Urban Strategies Council leads a team composed of United Way of the Bay Area, East Bay College Fund, and CoLab to provide employer-education intermediary services to increase work-based learning opportunities for high school students in the West Contra Costa Unified School District through a contract with Career Pathways Trust I. The Council’s team will be one of three such intermediaries working with school districts, community colleges, and employers across western Contra Costa and Alameda counties to connect employers and schools (and their students) to work-based learning opportunities such as internships, externships, and job shadowing.