Where WorkLab and the Model are Making News

WorkLab 2018—Our Year In Numbers

Posted on March 19, 2019

In 2018, WorkLab expanded its network of members operating the Sustainable Workforce Model to 10 cities across the US. 60,000 workers can now access a Resource Navigator. Navigators help employees address work and life challenges to stay present and productive at work.

Topics: scaling the Model, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, economic opportunity

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Topics: scaling the Model, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, economic opportunity

Expert Research Group Gains Insight on the Employer's Take on Workforce Support at The SOURCE

Posted on October 25, 2018

The 2016 election led many of us to consider the challenges facing working class people in America, and the ways that they are being left behind in a growing economy. Aiming to find answers to some of these difficult questions, Opportunity America, the American Enterprise Institute, and the Brookings Institution convened a bipartisan working group of scholars and policy experts.

Topics: sustainable workforce model, workforce support, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, economic opportunity

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Topics: sustainable workforce model, workforce support, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, economic opportunity

Program Helps Adult Workers Achieve Living Wage Jobs and Family Stability

Posted on September 13, 2018

Rapid Growth Media

Many hard-working Michiganders struggle to pay the rent, feed their families, and put gas in the car. According to the MIT Living Wage Calculator for Michigan, two adults with two children each need to earn $15.37 to make ends meet. Many Michigan jobs pay little more than the $9.25 minimum wage.

In Grand Rapids, the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT), Mercy Health, and The SOURCE are partnering in WMCAT’s Workforce Development program to launch adults into careers that provide a living wage, opportunity for advancement, and the means to create a stable family environment.

Topics: impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, career training, economic opportunity

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Topics: impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, career training, economic opportunity

Harvard Kennedy Researcher Recommends Pilot of Sustainable Workforce Model in San Francisco

Posted on August 17, 2018

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) helps thousands of San Francisco residents train for in-demand work and connect with employment opportunities. However, the low retention rate among these workers has been an ongoing challenge for the agency. A researcher and Master in Public Policy candidate from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Cassandra Agbayani, conducted a policy analysis for OEWD to explore why retention is so difficult to promote and what promising strategies could be replicated in San Francisco.

Topics: sustainable workforce model, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, economic opportunity

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Topics: sustainable workforce model, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, economic opportunity

Meet the Aspen Job Quality Fellows

Posted on April 25, 2018
In communities across the country, there are leaders innovating to address the challenge of job quality. To support these innovations and encourage more, the Aspen Institute  Economic Opportunities Program created a  Job Quality Fellowship that brings together innovators from differing lines of focus who are engaged in work that expands the availability of better quality jobs in our economy.

Topics: WorkLab leadership, workforce development, good jobs, economic opportunity

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Topics: WorkLab leadership, workforce development, good jobs, economic opportunity

Liddy Romero Named to the Aspen Institute Job Quality Fellowship Class of 2017-18

Posted on October 18, 2017

What does it mean to make ends meet? Each month a percentage of the workforce deals with the reality that the amount of money they bring home is not enough to cover their basic needs. A single event, from an unexpected illness to a snow day at school can create instability, and can impact their ability to put food on the table, pay their bills, or get to work.

In an ideal world, every individual would have the opportunity to do meaningful work, be safe from discrimination and harassment, and have the resources they need to create a healthy and stable life for their families. Liddy Romero has spent her career working towards that ideal scenario, and was most recently named a Job Quality Fellow by the Aspen Institute.

Topics: sustainable workforce model, WorkLab leadership, workforce development, good jobs, economic opportunity

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Topics: sustainable workforce model, WorkLab leadership, workforce development, good jobs, economic opportunity

Race-Explicit Strategies for Workforce Equity

Posted on June 15, 2017

Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation

Mindy Ysasi, Executive Director of The SOURCE, a WorkLab Founding Member, assisted racial justice nonprofit Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation with research for its latest report: Race-Explicit Strategies for Workforce Equity in Healthcare and IT. The report identifies barriers to equitable employment outcomes for workers of color, and outlines solutions through a systemic and outcome-oriented approach.

Topics: barriers to employment, workforce equality, WorkLab leadership, workforce development, economic opportunity

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Topics: barriers to employment, workforce equality, WorkLab leadership, workforce development, economic opportunity