A new program that ties together job training and counseling aims to move 2,000 black men from north Minneapolis to living-wage jobs by 2020, an ambitious goal that could reinvigorate the local workforce and help close a wide employment gap.
Designed to fill holes in existing job training programs, the North@Work program provides long-term support to workers and employers to help ensure participants not only find jobs but also stay employed. The initiative, pioneered by Northside Funders Group public-private partnership, will scale up gradually.
February 20, 2016 – Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune. There’s a new collaboration in the effort to increase the skills and employment rate among black men in north Minneapolis. A 25-man group will be the first to take part in a pilot program that North@Worked launched this month. The plan is for 400 men to […]Continue Reading
The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota recently awarded a grant to the Northside Funders Group (NFG), chiefly to support its new North@Work initiative. Joel Luedtke, senior program officer at the foundation, and Kevin Murray, program officers at NFG, discuss the history, purpose and hopes of this new ...Continue Reading
The Northside Funders Group launches the one-year pilot of its North@Work initiative today to connect Northside African American men with meaningful employment by scaling proven strategies and testing innovations to reinvent the way our local labor market functions. North@Work aims to move 2,000 African American men, aged 25 and older, into living-wage jobs by 2020. Read more…
As community resources and partners, we stand together to acknowledge the homicide of Jamar Clark in North Minneapolis last weekend. To not recognize the heightened, palpable anxiety, frustration, anger, and agitation in our community right now would be inauthentic. The gravity of the situation is very real and apparent. First and ...Continue Reading