Workforce Development 2017-05-18T10:53:29+00:00

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.

Tech Talent Pathways Parthership (T2P2)

The Council facilitates the Tech Talent Pathways Partnership, a cross-sector coalition preparing and placing 800 diverse and underserved residents, ages 17-29, in sustainable tech career pathways by 2020. Our 40+ training, business, innovation, and government partners catalyze Oakland’s role as a national TechHire city, helping to recode the American economy by:

  • Mapping the training ecosystem and measuring its impact
  • Building tech training partner capacity
  • Engaging businesses to hire T2P2 talent
  • Boosting community awareness of tech pathways
  • Amplifying best practices locally and nationally 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.

Bay Area Young Men of Color Employment Partnership


The Bay Area Young Men of Color Employment Partnership (BAYEP) is a cross-sector partnership incentivizing employers, talent development partners, and policy makers across the region to build sustainable career pathways for the fastest growing population in California – young men of color (YMoC).  Powered by Urban Strategies Council, The Bay Area Council, LeadersUp, and Policy Link, BAYEP will train, place, and advance 200+ YMoC, ages 18-29, within our network of employers over two years starting in 2017.

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.

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.

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.