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Neighborhood Jobs Trust distributes over $1 million in grants to community organizations

Oct 10, 2014

Funding will support employment and workforce training opportunities for Boston residents.

Participants in the BEST Corp. Hospitality Training Center prepare salads for a lunch service as part of the kitchen worker culinary program.

The City of Boston’s Office of Jobs and Community Services (JCS), an affiliate of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, recently awarded just over $1 million to 19 community-based employment and workforce development programs. The individual grants, ranging from approximately $25,000 to $90,000, are administered through the Neighborhood Jobs Trust, which is supported by linkage contributions from large-scale real estate development projects as a way of providing direct benefits to Boston residents in the form of jobs, job training, and related services.
The YMCA of Greater Boston, ABCD, Jewish Vocational Service, the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, and many other community organizations will utilize the funding to support a variety of employment and training programs. Several of the programs provide training in the hospitality and food services industries, while others focus on construction trade apprenticeships, professional opportunities in the field of medicine, and careers in banking and finance. Certain programs offer tailored services to particular groups of jobseekers, such as veterans, women, and English language learners.
“We must provide residents with the resources they need to excel in Boston’s diverse workforce,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “Feeling empowered and prepared at work goes a long way, and our Office of Jobs and Community Services is here to ensure that these workforce development programs are well-equipped to help support our communities.”
All told, more than 200 Boston residents will receive job training under these grants.
“We’re proud to support a broad spectrum of organizations that are working to create positive opportunities for Boston residents,” said Trinh Nguyen, Director of JCS. “Many of the award recipients have received our funding before and have excellent track records of securing quality jobs for the people that graduate from their programs. For others, this year is the first time they are receiving funds through the jobs trust, and we’ll work closely with them to ensure the same level of success.” 
Each of the awarded programs offers a unique training opportunity. BEST Corp. Hospitality Training Center, which is affiliated with Local 26 of the Hotel Workers Union, for example, will train Boston residents for union positions as room attendants and kitchen workers. The YMCA’s “Training Inc.” program will use a simulated office environment to prepare individuals for administrative positions in banking, insurance, and other industries. Operation ABLE will help older workers, many of whom have been unemployed since the recession, train for medical office positions.
The grants were distributed through a request for proposals (RFP) process that was initiated in June, and proposals were due at the end of July. A review committee comprised of readers from JCS and outside experts evaluated the funding applications, which asked organizations to demonstrate their ability to place program graduates into jobs or into further training that could lead to jobs.

Awarded programs and their funding awards:
Community Organization Name of Program FY 2015 Funding Allotment
Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) Early Education NextSTEPS $50,000
Asian American Civic Association (AACA) Careers in Banking & Finance $50,000
BEST Corp. Hospitality Training Center Hospitality Training for Good Jobs $90,755
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) Chinatown/South End Collaborative $50,000
Building and Construction Trades Council of the Boston Metro Area Building Pathways Pre-Apprenticeship Program $75,000
Community Servings Teaching Kitchen Food Service Job Training $75,000
Friends of Boston's Homeless Serving Ourselves Career Center $50,000
International Institute of Boston (IIB) Service Industry Training Program $50,000
Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) Caring for our seniors: A CNA Training Program Specializing in Long-Term Care $50,000
Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries Human Services Employment Ladder Program $50,000
New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans Job Training Services $50,000
Operation A.B.L.E. Medical Office Skills Training Program $50,000
Project Hope Workforce Development & Employer Partnerships $50,000
Project Place Pre-Enterprise Skill Building and Enhancement $50,000
St. Mary's Center for Women and Children Women @ Work Plus $75,000
STRIVE: Boston Employment Service Boston STRIVE $50,000
Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (ULEM) Volunteer to Work and Employment Resource Center $25,000
WORK Incorporated Facilities Maintenance to Management $25,000
YMCA: Training Inc. Pathways to Employment for ELL $50,000
YouthBuild Boston Pre-Apprentice Program $50,000
TOTAL    $1,065,755

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