URBAN WORKFORCE INITIATIVES
Each year, more than 2,000 crimes are committed in the Gulf Coast Region of Texas by young urban males between the ages of 14-28. Many of these crimes result in violence, serious injury and even murder. FBI statistics indicate that six out of every eight of the perpetrators accused of these crimes are ultimately identified as young black or Latino males. Black and Latino males represent over 60 percent of the USA total prison population. Black males alone, account for nearly half of that total, yet account for only 6.8 percent of the USA population. One out of every three young black males between the ages of 18 and 30 are currently impacted by the legal system:
Currently serving time in prison or jail
Currently designated as a parolee
Currently classified an ex offender with limited employment options
Employers now have more control in the hiring process than ever before. For many people who have barriers to overcome, the process of finding quality jobs can be a complicated one. Although there are some quality jobs available, many employers use criminal backgrounds as one of the main factors to eliminate applicants during the hiring process. In other words, candidates with criminal backgrounds are less likely to get hired, even if they offer better skills than candidates who present clean backgrounds. The majority of young people who have faced trouble or incarcerated aren’t all bad people, but circumstances often prevail, leading them down paths of uncertainty and limited employment options.
Sadly, the already downtrodden state of our urban communities worsens each day. Crime is further escalating while the state of poverty continues to encapsulate people in greater numbers each year. Unless you are privy to a lucrative trust fund that will carry you through life, the key to a bright future in this country is heavily dependent upon your ability of maintaining employment and earning a decent income. Urban Workforce Initiatives was established to be somewhat of a crutch for young urban males who don't have the direction or guidance to navigate their way into the American labor force. Too many of our young urban males have been deprived of an opportunity to gain the directional fortitude and proper tools that are needed to make a serious go of it in the American labor force.
Black males, in particular, have historically lagged behind other demographics when it comes to gainful employment. Department of Labor data also substantiates that black men lose their jobs at a much significant rate than all other demographics and face more daunting challenges in regaining employment than all other groups. Even accomplished black men with solid work backgrounds and formidable educational credentials are force to take a back seat to all others groups when it comes to landing quality jobs. Black and Hispanic kids continue to fall further and further behind in the classroom, which is another major malady that effects job readiness and career advancement. Obviously, a better education will enhance employment opportunities. UWI partners with area schools and learning institutions in effort to enhance employment awareness at an early age. It is also important to help children become cognizant that progress in the classroom is pivital in getting good jobs and maintaining career success.
The majority of the young urban males that I have worked with over the years have never received any proper guidance, education or job coaching that will adequately help them assimilate into the American labor force. Almost three out of every four black homes in urban communities are without the steadying influence of a father presence. Strong fathers are responsible for setting the tone and providing the leadership essentials that are required to help their boys to become job-ready. Everyone can’t grow up to become professional athletes, actors or rappers, but anyone growing up in America has an opportunity to gain viable work skills, find sustainable employment and lead a productive life.
Our public schools and educational systems are now mired in cutbacks, fund reduction and political mayhem. Most teachers are not equipped with the proper labor market skills, tools or resources to prepare all of our children for the volitile nature of the current American labor force. The primary focus of UWI is predicated on the purpose of assisting young urban males with the tools to adequately compete for good jobs. Our strategies consist of customized aggressive training, coaching, and mentoring as the key building blocks.
Faltering Educational Systems
Lack of Sufficient Male Leadership & Role Models
Few Job-Readiness Programs or Sustainable Employment Options
Are all major components fueling the exploding epidemic of crime involving young urban males
What specific programs does UWI offer?
THE FIRST PAY DAY INITIATIVE
A spirited and structured outing designated towards instilling work values into young urban youths between the ages of 10-14. We schedule a full day to take 40 youths out to a job outing and teach them the ins and outs of executing a work. We then offer breakout sessions, a jobs banquet and then award them with their official work certificate---and most importantly---present them with their first paycheck.
JOB PREP BOOTCAMP
An intensive, interactive jobs prep workshop like no other. It's designed to coach, train and motivate urban job seekers and help them gain traction as they navigate their way though the virulent landscape of job searching.
Customized mentorship programs made to tailor fit the busy schedules of dedicated volunteers while providing extraordinary life-altering experiences to young men who lack positive male influences.
URBAN WORKFORCE INITIATIVES
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Empowering young urban males with the skills, confidence and motivation to compete in today's volatile labor force through the power of early intervention, job-coaching and prayer