- Seven will graduate high school
- Four will enter college
- Only two will complete an associate's degree or higher
Most of these new jobs will require some education or training beyond high school, but less than a college degree. Jobs requiring post-secondary credentials are growing twice as fast as jobs that do not. This means that many of our youth do not and will not qualify for the new jobs being created.Youth must begin building work skills towards a career now or they can be stuck in dead-end jobs as adults. There are great organizations that are doing the work to prepare youth to take advantage of these opportunities. These include Austin's American YouthWorks, Denver's Mile High Youth Corps, and Berkeley's Rising Sun Energy Center. Check out this great video about the Mile High Youth Corps.
http://www.youtube.com/embed/zC_H6kqUIjU?rel=0Watch it on YouTube
- Mark Wolfe – Executive Director, Energy Programs Consortium
- Adam Zimmerman – Senior Vice President, Enterprise Cascadia
- Mark Zimring – Senior Research Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs
From Kinnus Paul, Detroiters Working For Environmental Justice
From Gregg Keesling, Workforce, Inc, Indianapolis
On the call, we'll hear from SustainableWorks and its partners in Seattle about:
- The "whole-neighborhood" approach tomarketing energy retrofits through community organizing, and how it achieves economies of scale;
- How direct-entry slots were negotiated for disadvantaged populations to enter apprenticeships with participating unions;
- The role of pre-apprenticeship programs in the preparation of workers;
- The role of organized labor in creating joint training and retraining programs, a skilled workforce, and family-wage jobs.
Connections with Employers
A Community of Practice Learning Call Wednesday, October 14 11am Pacific / 2pm Eastern
- Connie Ashbrook, Executive Director ofOregon Tradeswomen - Connie will discuss how relationships with employers and unions have provided placement opportunities for the women this program serves.
- Patrick Brown, Program Coordinator and Instructor atOAI, Inc. /Greencorps Chicago - Patrick will talk about how relationships with employers, combined with progressive city policy, has resulted inphenomenal placement rates for Greencorps Chicago, a program that largely serves individuals with criminal records and multiple barriers to employment.
Discussion ForumWe'd like to hear about the successes and challenges you've faced in connecting your graduates with jobs. Post your own comments, questions and best practices about how to develop relationships with employers to the Green Pathways Out of Poverty Discussion Forum.
Authors: Rebecca Lurie
Editor's Note: On April 22nd, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and the head of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Nancy Sutley, held a roundtable meeting about women and green jobs. Three members of Green For All's Pathways out of Poverty Working Group, including Rebecca Lurie, were at the table. This post is adapted from an email Lurie wrote to the Working Group.
In honor of Earth Day, Secretary of Labor Solis conducted a roundtable of women from the field to better understand how green jobs can be theirs too. The Chair of the White House Office on Environmental Quality, Nancy Sutley, shared the facilitation. Elizabeth Reynoso from the Green For All Pathways out of Poverty working group received an invitation and was able to refer both me and Jayne Sheridan (also from the working group).
The conversation revealed a lot of common recommendations from participants -That women need supports that are the same supports for many people moving out of poverty into the workforce. Education, transportation, childcare, mentoring and access.
Many of the green jobs will be in the construction field and what we have learned from that industry over the years can inform development of the new green jobs sector. Executive Order 11246, an equal opportunity law for women and minorities on federal construction sites, states a goal of 6.9% for women. This goal is low, is 30 years old and is still not met. Recommendations included raising the goal to 25% so that the work would not be considered “non-traditional” for women.
Awareness and outreach matters- Communicating to girls at very early ages that working with their hands and in physical jobs is a possibility. Teaching girls that they can do it lays the foundation for them to enter a field where they have to prove themselves every day.
Attendance at this event inspired me to reawaken my roots in this field. We need to teach each other that women belong in our programs and may need some extra supports. Confidence building is part of that extra. And perhaps it is needed across the board in our programs that serve to bring folks out of poverty. We need to assure that the confidence building efforts reach those most likely to walk right on by our programs because of that very lack of believing they can even do it.
So as we run and improve our programs for green jobs as a pathway out of poverty for our various targeted populations, let’s never forget that women are a sub-sect of all of our populations and they will need some special services that just might benefit all.
Secretary Solis spoke about the Green Jobs Act. She told us that the RFPs would likely be coming out of her agency in June. She will want to see proposals that include women in their approach and look at the big picture for workforce development, assuring that all boats rise up with the work we do.
carpenter, Rebecca Lurie entered workforce development through her union's
training fund. Currently she works at the Consortium for Worker Education, focusing on
creating workforce development programs that will accommodate the
shifts to environmental sustainability practices. (Bio adapted from Urban Agenda)