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

Second Cohort of WorkLab Members Launches with Learnings from Cohort One

Posted on October 4, 2018

This week’s gathering in Detroit, Michigan, epitomized the aim of the WorkLab Network: One year after launching their programs in the Sustainable Workforce Model, the first cohort of network members convened to share their discoveries, innovations and moments of failing forward with WorkLab’s newest members.

Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, innovative workplace benefits, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs

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Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, innovative workplace benefits, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs

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

Partners Reap Results with Career Training Model

Posted on July 13, 2018

Grand Rapids Business Journal

A career-training program founded in 2006 quietly has been building a network of partners and services to meet two needs—workforce development and income security for underemployed and unemployed adults. Grand Rapids-based West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT) started its adult career-training program in 2006, a year after the nonprofit was formed.

Topics: community development, education & training, impact investing, workforce development, career training

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Topics: community development, education & training, impact investing, workforce development, career training

Mile High United Way Invests $6 Million and Selects 100 Strategic Investment Grant Partners

Posted on July 12, 2018

United Way

Mile High United Way is proud to award $6 million in the 2018-2020 Strategic Investment Grants to 100 of the highest-performing organizations in Metro Denver. These selected partners are implementing strategies directly aligned with Mile High United Way’s four Community Impact Goals and demonstrate impact with measurable outcomes. Working together, we will be changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in our community.

Topics: community development, impact investing, good jobs

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Topics: community development, impact investing, good jobs

WorkLab Innovations Welcomes New Members Implementing the Sustainable Workforce Model

Posted on December 14, 2017

Founding members of WorkLab Innovations welcomed the first cohort of four new members to its unique network of workforce development organizations and employers who are ready to lead, learn, and share best practices for implementing the Sustainable Workforce Model approach to their programs.

Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, WorkLab leadership, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs

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Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, WorkLab leadership, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs

WorkLab Innovations Receives Kellogg Grant to Expand Sustainable Workforce Model

Posted on December 7, 2017

WorkLab Innovations, LLC has received a $775,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to replicate its Sustainable Workforce Model in three major U.S. cities. Through the grant, the national nonprofit will leverage its successes in its founding member sites to implement its groundbreaking program in Chicago, Cincinnati, and Detroit.

Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, WorkLab investors, workforce support, community development, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs

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Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, WorkLab investors, workforce support, community development, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs

Work-Life Navigation Goes National

Posted on March 27, 2017

The Rockefeller Foundation

We all try to bring our best selves to work every day, but sometimes life gets in the way. For those of us fortunate enough to have access to networks and resources, “life” can often be easily managed with a few phone calls or transactions. For the 42 percent of the workforce making less than $15 per hour, a broken down car, snow day from your kids’ school, or health emergency can mean lost wages or even a lost job, which further harms the individual, family, and employer.

Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, WorkLab investors, workforce support, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs

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Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, WorkLab investors, workforce support, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs