2 The Innovator is a new and informal, bi-weekly commun- ication from the St. Louis Regional Jobs Initiative to members of our extended professional and community family. If you would like to be added to or deleted from the distribution list, please let Rita Carroll know at 421-4220, ext. 230. As of Monday, almost half of the graduates had already been hired! 2 - Work Link has taken a major step forward and will move quickly as soon as its remaining logistical issues are resolved. Speaking of STRIVE and travel... The Philadelphia Regional Jobs Initiative's Project Director John Colborn was kind enough to host a visit from St. Louis Regional Jobs Initiative staff in mid-April. The visit provided an opportunity to exchange ideas and outlooks on the challenges we have in common. They have four major projects up and running: a STRIVE replication, two manufacturing projects, and a data-intensive project targeting jobs across a number of sectors. Philadelphia's approach to recruitment and retention services is a bit different from ours. A team of community based organizations, led by the Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation, recruits participants for all four of the projects and handles job retention, as well. (In St. Louis, recruitment and retention is customized for each project, and is the responsibility of the project implementor.) Philadelphia's big challenge is much the same as ours, however: generating the large numbers of eligible applicants needed to achieve placement and retention targets. Representatives of the community- based organizations who attended a brainstorming session in 8/98 - Pg 1 Philadelphia while we were there tm 1 of Forum on "Improving Job Retention for Low-Income, Racial and Ethnic Minority Employees." Special thanks are due to Coro Fellow Stephanie Hall (who organized) and InterACT St. Louis Director Ron Jackson (who facilitated) and Lessie Bates Davis Family Development Center's Rose Beavers (who gave the opening presentation) for their efforts in making the May 18th Regional Jobs Initiative's Investors' group forum a successful first step in addressing an important and difficult issue in labor force participation. Many topics were uncovered at the three- hour meeting, but there is clearly much more work to do to get beneath the surface of this issue and effect positive change. The initial strategy suggestions targeted employers, employees, and service providers. Among these were: "work readiness" training for employers, focusing on cultural and communication issues in the workplace; peer support services for new employees who may be encountering problems in the workplace; and a more up-front and united approach to race and retention on the part of service providers. The Innovator welcomes suggestions from readers about successful programs addressing race and retention problems. Archives - EWGCC Innovator Newsletter Issue 05/22/98 - Pg 2 Page 1 of http://www.ewgateway.org/archives/EWGArchives/NewsletterArchives/Innovator/innov052298-pg2.htm 4/15/2004 those with language barriers, substance abuse problems, and poor work histories. Their unique approach to doing business (it is a for profit operation, by the way) really offers an out of the box way of getting people employed while creating economic activity in the heart of a disadvantaged neighborhood. For more information about the conference or Osage, feel free to contact Grant at EastWest Gateway. .low-income workers. Milwaukee JI staff have worked closely with trade union officials and community activists to establish the center in an inner city church. To date, 150 individuals have found jobs in construction, machining, and the printing / publishing industry in Milwaukee through the center. Also of interest was a presentation by Dr. Daniel Luria of the Industrial Technology Institute of Ann Arbor, Michigan on the topic "Metro Manufacturing Matters More." Dr. Luria has developed a methodology for better understanding the relationship between wages and productivity in manufacturing firms -- characterizing firms as "low road," "high road, and "higher road" based on a number of variables contributing to the bottom line: value added per employee. For a copy of handouts from the conference, please call us. Did You Know? America's manufacturing employment is increasingly concentrated in smaller plants. In 1994, nearly 66 of all manufacturing sector employment was in firms with fewer than 500 employees. This is up from approximately 50 percent in 1977. From "Metro Manufacturing Matters More" 1 .We appreciate it! Thank you, FOCUS St. Louis members, for selecting the St. Louis Regional Jobs Initiative for a "What's Right with the Region Award." Focus members John McGuire and Kathi Schoene presented the award to Grant Porteous, who accepted it on behalf of the Jobs Initiative at Focus' first annual meeting on June 24th. The Jobs Initiative's award was presented under the category of "education," which refers to our emphasis on workforce development, of course. But rumor has it that it could also refer to the continuous learning process in which Jobs Initiative staff and partners seem to be engaged. Hey, that's fine with us! If change came easy, it wouldn't really be change.... Maybe you wouldn't have expected it, but there are impressive technology-related developments quietly underway at Sr. Eileen Donovan's Renaissance Neighborhood Opportunity Center in the College Hill Neighborhood in North St. Louis. Ever since a late-January meeting at East -West Gateway in which representatives of more than 30 community-based organizations and public sector groups discussed the desirability of a shared job-development database, Of course, the "big" reasons for higher than for non-welfare Sister has been hard at work success described at the breakfast employees." More information designing a template which she had to do with President Brenda on the Welfare to Work hopes will be accepted and Mahr, Sondra Brooks, and their Partnership's publications is shared by multiple job training staff for encouragement and available from 1-888-USA- and placement providers serving guidance and always being there. JOB1 or www.welfaretowork.org. entry-level customers throughout Two of the 20 employer the region. The long-term representatives in attendance were objective articulated by many at actually graduates of the that January meeting is that such Employment Connection program. innovations will also be embraced Nice touch! by the MissouriWorks system. Want to share your ideas with Sr. Also on June 25th, RCGA hosted a Donovan? She's at 534-4143. luncheon for business representatives who had committed Transportation seems to be a "Little" things do mean a lot, to work with welfare-to-work, with universally troublesome issue apparently, at least according to attendees completely filling the big impacting access to jobs in two former TANF recipients who table at the Regional Collaboration urban, suburban, and rural gave testimony at the June 25th Center. Employers spoke with one communities. Interested readers Employers' Breakfast at the voice about the desirability of of "The Innovator" can expect to Employment Connection on getting together on a regular basis to hear quite a bit on this topic over Laclede. Yolanda Fields, now an exchange experiences and also the next few issues as we update accounting assistant, described the expressed their desire for better the chapter of the regional importance of being able to information about existing job transportation plan, volunteer on a part-time basis training programs and other service Transportation Redefined, which before she was ready to take the providers: which ones can we deals with mobility for low- big plunge into full-time work. depend on to send us good income travelers. Some of you And Dianna Hamm described an applicants? may be getting calls from East- incentive system that her new West Gateway staffers Tabitha employer -- Burns Security The Welfare to Work Wilson and Keith Turner, in Systems -- uses to recognize good Partnership's Director of fact, who are organizing a series job performance. Under the Membership and Business of discussion groups around the "coupon program," workers earn Outreach, Lisa Dawe, was in town region to hear job-seekers and points for consistently being on for the meeting. She distributed new workers express their time, going out of their way to copies of a new publication called perspectives on transportation assist others, being selected "The Road to Retention: Reducing and jobs. Volunteers are 'employee of the month,' and other Employee Turnover through Welfare especially welcome! good things. Coupons can be to Work." One of the employers cashed in for everything from who is highlighted in this 23-page Have a meeting, announcement, movie tickets to cellular phones. report is Rick Salina of Kirkwood or question you'd like to share Employees who let them Insurance Service Company here in through "The Innovator"? Just accumulate can even receive a St. Louis. Rick is quoted as saying call editor Rita Carroll at East- $100 cash bonus. that his "retention rate for welfare- West Gateway, 421-4220 or An Update On The St. Louis Regional Jobs Initiative September 4, 1998 East-West Gateway Coordinating Council 7th Edition 314-421-4220 10 Stadium Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63102 314-231-6120 fax Something to Race and Work Readiness Preliminary Results Are In Think About on Malik Ahmed of Better Family A total of 122 completed surveys Labor Day Life, David Rosenberg of St. Louis have been returned and analyzed Works Partnership, and Blair from East-West Gateway’s survey The big story for Forlaw of East-West Gateway of low-income job-seekers the Jobs Initiative on Labor Day represented St. Louis at the Annie regarding their transportation centers around our newly-released Casey Foundation’s “Race and needs. Of those responding, only report, “The Family Supporting Work Readiness” Conference in 25 percent indicated that they have Wage for the St. Louis Region.” Denver in early August. The a personal automobile. Almost Using a market-basket approach, agenda included workshops with half (45 percent) of car-owners we calculated the costs of making resource persons from across the were driving cars more than ten ends meet for single-parent country. years old. “What kind of transit households with children in the St. programs are needed to improve Louis region. Among the most interesting was a transportation access to jobs?” we presentation by Edward DeJesus asked. If a single mom is to leave public of the Promising and Effective assistance and move to self- Practices Network (PEPNet) of sufficiency by assuming all the New York. DeJesus said that the costs of her young family, her youth he works with see hourly wage requirements will be themselves as “barrier-laden” and higher than popularly imagined. his primary goal is to enable them The report illustrates that it would to see themselves as rich in take annual earnings of $17,258 Respondents said: van pools, car capabilities. His “ASPIRE” (after taxes) - or $9.45 per hour - to pools, extended bus routes, more developmental program focuses on support a single parent with an frequent bus service, shuttle five key points: Awakening, infant, and $22,886 – or $13.50 per service, and extended light rail. Seeking out supportive hour – to support a single parent For a copy of the draft report, environments and positive people, with one infant and one “Community Engagement Analysis: Producing positive emotions, preschooler. For the latter, child St. Louis Regional Plan for Access Inventorying your skills, Removing care consumes one-third of the to Jobs,” call Tabitha Wilson at risk factors, and Educating family’s total budget. 421-4220, ext. 235. Tabitha yourself. Pretty powerful stuff, apparently, for he has demonstrated expresses appreciation to the The full 12-page report can be following agencies and groups who excellent results. downloaded from www. helped distribute the surveys and ewgateway.org. Or, for a hard who hosted focus groups: Clayton More information on PEPNet is copy by mail, call us at 421-4220 Business School, Daruby School, available from their web site, www. (Missouri) or 274-2750 (Illinois). St. Louis County Workforce nyec.org. For more details on the conference, call East-West Development Center, The Human Gateway at 421-4220. Development Corporation, St. Louis Housing Authority, Lessie Bates Neighborhood House and McCormack Baron. Happy Labor Day from East-West Gateway! Bridges to Work Planning Process; and Access to Jobs preparation with Todd Taylor from Opportunities and Models. Each the University of Missouri-St. Louis. St. Louis Bridges workshop track presented case to Work has studies on model programs. Due to the overwhelming popularity expanded its of the program and its solid, targeted Also in attendance was the Secretary grassroots marketing strategy of recruitment of Transportation Rodney Slater, community outreach from the area. Effective now, individuals who who congratulated members of the Recruitment Department, enrollment live in zip codes 63-106, 107, 112, Transportation Equity Network on for the next class is surpassing 113, 115, 120, 121, 133, or 136 may their victory of getting key expectations. apply for services through this provisions that would make public national research and demonstration transportation more accessible and Construction project. responsive to the needs of low- income job seekers added to the Program Bridges to Work is seeking out recently passed Transportation Keeps adults who are ready to go to work, Equity Act of the 21st Century Building interested in suburban jobs, but who (TEA-21). For more information on have a transportation barrier that the conference and examples of how The prevents them from accessing others around the country are Construction suburban employment centers. addressing their transportation Project resumed classes again in Bridges connects these individuals problems, call Tabitha at 421-4220, August, in preparation for the end of with good jobs in manufacturing. ext. 235. the season building blitz. health care, hospitality, and financial Construction is still going strong in services in the Chesterfield Valley A Report from Work Link St. Louis, and the St. Louis Works by coordinating job search Partnership is wasting no time assistance, transportation, and post- On August 31, 1998, Work Link taking full advantage of the high placement follow-up services. opened its doors and welcomed 40 level of demand for new apprentices. participants to 6347 Plymouth in the The transportation part of the Of the 98 pre-apprentices who have heart of Wellston. The first four package is provided via American completed the one week class this days have been exciting and Red Cross vans, which collect and year, 47 are working and nearly 30 challenging for the staff and drop off Bridges to Work are in active job searches. participants. We had 139 applicants participants at the Forest Park for pre-screening, of which 60 were Building on this success, we plan to MetroLink station on several runs enrolled, with 40 actually reporting expand the key components of the each day. to the program. We were project to include more aggressive Want to refer an applicant? Call immediately faced with outreach, working with other unions, Michael Hely at East-West transportation, child care and enhancing our union-specific work- Gateway, 421-4220, ext. 237. housing issues to be resolved. Of the readiness training, seeking additional 40 participants, 33% had financial resources, and building up transportation needs that were the monitoring component. Transportation Equity resolved by the second day of class. Conference in Chicago Questions? Call David Rosenberg The participants have been attentive at 644-4800, or Grant Porteous at Tabitha Wilson attended a and actively engaged in classroom East-West Gateway at 421-4220, ext. conference on transportation equity activities, which focus on soft skills 268. in Chicago on August 11-12. The education and training. Malik conference was jointly sponsored by Ahmed, Executive Director of Better the Metropolitan Alliance of Family Life, kicked off the week Congregations and the with a presentation on “Self Esteem Transportation Equity Network. and Respect.” In addition, there Attendees, who were largely from were guest speakers to discuss topics grassroots organizations, were given on substance abuse-Oval Miller the opportunity to participate in one from BASIC; and resume of three workshop tracks: Transportation and Job Creation; Participating in the Transportation Page 2 An Update On The St. Louis Regional Jobs Initiative September 18, 1998 East-West Gateway Coordinating Council 8th Edition 314-421-4220 10 Stadium Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63102 314-231-6120 fax investment partnership between innovations were discussed. Portland the Missouri Department of Among these: an expanded Conference Economic Development and the emergency loan fund for low- East-West Gateway Coordinating income families sponsored by the The “Rail- Council to re-spark sustainable McKnight Foundation and Family Volution ‘98 - development within the urban Service America (transportation A Celebration of core. The targeted area for problems are the #1 reason why Community Building” conference strategy development and loans have been requested in the took place in Portland, Oregon coordination is a sleeve one mile initial participating cities); a this year, with approximately in radius about the 18-mile “Charity Cars Program” which is 1,200 participants. This four-day MetroLink corridor which links now expanding from central conference, held yearly, is the City of St. Louis, St. Louis Florida to a number of other cities; dedicated to building livable County, and the City of East St. (their motto: “We turn heaps into communities with transit. Anjali Louis. For more details on the hope”); new clean-fuel vans Bhat, of East-West Gateway workshop or TRACER, contact donated by the Ford Motor Coordinating Council, presented Anjali Bhat at 421-4220, ext. 255. Company to establish van pools on “Transportation Corridor for for former welfare recipients; and Economic Renewal,” or TRACER, at a workshop entitled the “Good News Garage” which employs neighborhood residents “People, Places and Markets: White to rehab and maintain autos for Transit Strategies for Building Sustainable Communities.” House other residents entering the Summit workforce. For information on the This workshop was coordinated Summit or any of these programs, and moderated by Cheryl Little Investors’ contact East-West Gateway at of the President’s Council for G r o u p 421-4220. Sustainable Development’s member Frank Stokes of Solutia Metropolitan and Rural Strategies and East-West Gateway staffer October Job Task Force. Within this workshop, Blair Forlaw represented St. Paul Marx, Senior Economist of Louis at a summit on Welfare to Fair the Federal Transit Work and Transportation on The Welfare to Administration’s Office of Budget September 14. The summit, W o r k and Finance, provided which was co-sponsored by the Partnership is information about FTA’s Welfare to Work Partnership and planning its second Job Fair, with incentives to communities to the U.S. Department of planning leadership provided by adopt sustainable land use Transportation, was held at the employers! The event will be held policies. Also, Jacky Grimshaw, White House Conference Center at the Cornerstone Partnership Coordinator of the Transit in Washington, DC. training facility Oct. 27. Invited Program at the Center for service providers can network Neighborhood Technology in The focus of the program was on with employers during the Chicago , discussed CNT’s “getting there through morning. Job-seekers and financing programs for partnerships,” and a number of employers will meet between 1-4 entrepreneurs operating businesses very interesting program p.m. For information call Grant in transit development areas. innovations were discussed Porteous at 421-4220, ext. 268. TRACER is a joint planning and An Update On The St. Louis Regional Jobs Initiative December 31, 1998 East-West Gateway Coordinating Council 10th Edition 314-421-4220 10 Stadium Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63102 314-231-6120 Fax 28 - 6- 22 - 57 . . . Working Partnership meeting in Jef- The “New Pathways ferson City on October 5th; on our to Construction The statistics self-sufficiency and transportation Careers” project has look really good strategies at the Missouri Association given form to an for the Jobs for Social Welfare conference in e x p a n d e d Initiative’s Springfield on October 8th and 9th; on construction strategy, which was WorkLink WorkLink and the “Access to Jobs adopted by the Jobs Initiative project. Twenty- Plan” at the Governor’s Workforce Investors’ Group on September 28th. eight individuals received their Development Conference at the Lake The strategy targets both supply side diplomas at the first graduating of the Ozarks on October 14th; and and demand side barriers to trade ceremony on September 5th; 6 have on “Access to Jobs” at the US DOT apprenticeships for young minority already started work; 22 are in active Regions V and VII planning confer- job-seekers, and will significantly job search; and 57 new folks are ence in Chicago on October 27th. ramp up the outcomes the St. Louis scheduled to start the second class on For more information, call East-West Works Partnership is able to deliver. October 5th. Jobs Initiative Chair Gateway at 421-4220. The construction strategy also brings Bob Holden was in attendance at the the Missouri Department of graduation ceremony and took time Transportation to the Investors’ to hear many of the honorees talk “Words that Work” is the name of table. Welcome! about their plans for the future. a new pamphlet staff is putting to- They are a very impressive group of gether to facilitate communication young men and women, headed between folks with varied back- Everyone is welcome to join in on toward (successful, we’re sure) grounds but a common interest in October 21st from 10 am until noon careers in auto repair, childcare, food workforce development, human ser- when Dennis Reed from the service, mortuary services, security, vices, and transportation. Ever no- Missouri Department of Labor and and other fields. St. Louis tice how the conversation shuts Industrial Relations will give a Community College’s Jack Quigley down when you’re in a meeting and demonstration of the new-and- and Better Family Life’s Malik someone starts talking about improved Missouri WORKS! Ahmed, WorkLink’s dynamic “consolidated trip ends” or “DCN system. The enhancements have leadership duo, were busting their numbers” or “vendor contracts?” Or been developed in response to buttons with pride. Congratulations how about concepts you’re afraid to requests from St. Louis area users for to each of the graduates and the staff even ask about like “soft skills” or a shared job data base that better who continues to work so hard to “market-oriented” or “living wage?” addresses the needs of former support them: Errol Bush, James welfare recipients and other first- Clark, Dinah Ford, Leslie Hall, This handy pocket-sized publica- time workers. Dennis’ work also Keith Mayfield, Nina Pratt, Djuan tion - due out in includes space for case managers to Robinson, Carolyn Seward, November - should post resumes from work-ready Deborah Stovall, and Pamela soon be everyone’s welfare recipients. The meeting will Wood. favorite conversa- be held at East-West Gateway – still tion aid. Want to technically at “10 Stadium Plaza,” October is conference month, suggest a favor- although the green Stadium Plaza apparently, and the Jobs Initiative ite jargon pet- Street signs are being replaced with will be out on the circuit. Staff and peeve for inclu- bright red ones that read “McGwire partners will be making sion? Please do! E-mail Blair Drive.” If you plan on attending, presentations on the “Family- Forlaw at Blair.Forlaw@ewgateway. please fax Cynthia Anderson at (314) Supporting Wage” at the Welfare org. 231-6120 or send e-mail to Cynthia. Anderson@ewgateway.org Bridges to Work is a national Bridges to Work research and demonstration project Participant Profile designed to test the effectiveness of a coordinated job placement/ Gail, the mother of ten children, is transportation/career support employed by Midco Products. Gail program in improving employment started working on April 8, 1998 as for low- to moderate-income urban an assembly worker. According to job seekers. Along with St. Louis, Gail’s employer, she is doing very this reverse commute project is being well on the job and is willing to help implemented in Baltimore, Chicago, out at work when it is deemed Denver, and Milwaukee. necessary. Once an individual has met the Ownership of a day care center is eligibility requirements and a Gail’s ultimate goal. Gail has successful job match has been found, already planned what steps she needs participants may take advantage of to take to reach her long range career the transportation assistance goals. available for up to 18 months after placement. Transportation includes Bridges to Work staff salute Gail as a combination of existing Bi-State our shining star. We hope her future bus service and special van pools. will continue to be bright. To encourage job retention, participants and employers can access a "job coach" who can offer suggestions and advice regarding commuting problems, as well as assist the participant with career development planning. Funding for the St. Louis Bridges to Work project has been secured from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (as part of their national demonstration), the US DOT, the Missouri Department of Social Services, and private local contributors. For more information on the Bridges to Work program, call Michael Hely at 421-4220, ext. 237. Page 2 An Update On EWGCC’s Labor Market Initiatives April 26, 1999 East-West Gateway Coordinating Council 11th Edition www.ewgateway.org 10 Stadium Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63102 314-231-6120 Fax 314-421-4220 618-274-2750 St. Louis Needs to Look Work Link at Its Future Workforce Work Link, the Jobs Initia- The Center for Health Careers tive's partnership program Needs NOW. We are in some Is Off to a New Start. We have with Better Family Life and trouble, at least according to Richard a new direction, and we are ready the St. Louis Community “Dick” Judy, economist and co-author College, is well on its way. of the Hudson Institute’s Workforce for the challenge that lies ahead. The four week comprehen- 2020: Work and Workers in the 21st Our new attitude has matched us sive work readiness training program is Century. In his keynote address at East- with the SSM Healthcare Network of well on the way to graduating their eighth West Gateway’s Regional Congress of St. Louis. SSM will provide our par- 4-week training cycle. Since September Governments, March 31, Mr. Judy cited ticipants skills-based training. To Work Link has graduated 188 job seekers. what he called a “scary statistic:” “60% Work Link has won the St. Louis Com- of new jobs in the early 21st century will date, we have placed a number of require skills possessed today by only participants in positions with hourly 20% of [the U.S.A.’s] present work- pay rates of $7.00 or greater, and force.” He warned of the upcoming benefits. We are “worker dearth,” where the pool of rapidly growing, workers — especially in St. Louis — is munity College’s Innovation of the Year going to severely decrease as Baby while building award. Keep up the good work!!!! The Boomers retire. The “Gen Xers” or “Baby allegiences be- Innovator would like to recognize Busters” cannot fill all of the positions tween our parti- Malik Ahmed and Carolyn Seward of left behind, and most do not have the pants, SSM, and Better Family Life, Jack Quigley of St. skills needed to fill the tech jobs of the our referral part- Louis Community College, Julie Gibson future. St. Louis will have to stop the of the Mo. Dept. of Economic Develop- exodus of bright, educated young peo- ners. Keep your eyes and ears open ment, and Victoria Therien of the Mo. ple (the “brain drain”), says Judy, and for the latest Center for Health Ca- Dept. of Social Services. Your vision look at solutions such as increasing the reers developments. For more infor- and hard work has made a truly immigration of skilled workers, increas- mation contact Marnee Morgan at unique contribution to workforce devel- ing the retirement age to retain a skilled x236. and expert older pool of workers, but opment and are helping many in our “the single most important goal of work- community to achieve their potential. force development,“ Judy contends, may feature you in our next Innovator. Call the Work Link Center at “must be to improve the quality of Please contact Mike Hely, x237.. 863-9296 if you would like to make American public education.” This in- referrals. cludes narrowing the disparate educa- For this Innovator’s “Innovators” we feature tional opportunities between whites and Mother’s Way, one of Bridges to Work’s Business Services people of color in the St. Louis area, and new “gung-ho” partners for ready & moti- Clayton Business School (CBS) has making a commitment to a lifetime of vated recruits. The caring staff concentrates on T.A.N.F. recipients, but helps any individ- graduated 12 of the 27 students en- quality learning. ual seeking work skills, résumé assistance, rolled in the Business Services program. That’s the “scary” news, but we want you clothing — whatever it takes. ”We try to Four additional students are scheduled to know that East-West Gateway’s La- reach every individual and meet their to graduate within the next 2 weeks. bor Market Initiatives is working on needs,” says Deneen Bailey, Case Manager. Eleven of the graduates are working creative, effective ways to maximize our In addition, Mother’s Way has a unique at a median wage of $8.57. Con- labor pool. Read on to hear the latest p a r t n e r s h i p with St. Louis Commu- gratulations CBS! For developments with the St. Louis Regional nity College at Forest Park, which provides more information contact Jobs Initiative and Bridges to Work and job training at the Mother’s Way site on Tabitha Wilson, x235. how they are addressing some of these Park. Contact Mother’s Way at 771-7755 challenges. We know that many of you for more information. are working hard to meet these work- force challenges as well. Tell us about your achievements in making St. Louis “work ready” for the 21st century! We Individual Bridges to Construction Update The 1999 recruiting Development Accounts Work Needs season has gotten In partnership with the National Factory Folks. underway for our Council on Jewish Women, and the Remember that collaborator, St Louis Missouri Department of Social Ser- episode of I Love Works Partnership. Training classes vices, the SLRJI will be implementing Lucy where Lucy at the Construction School began on an IDAs savings club program & Ethel are April 5, and we have already made for former TANF re- working on an assembly line at a some placements for the new year. cipients participat- candy factory? Lucy was just As for the 1998 class, a number of ing either in the the participants are reaching their stuffing those bon bons in her mouth one year anniversary of working in Bridges to Work as soon as they spit out of the the building trades. With a year’s program or one of machine! “Lucy had the right idea worth of experience and data, we the Jobs Initiative when it comes to speed,” counsels are taking part in a “benchmarking” projects. For par- Bob Wolkowitz, one of Bridge’s project being coordinated by the ticipants who agree Employer Service Representatives, Annie E. Casey Foundation. We to save for the pur- “but she was not providing the are also in the process of crunching chase of a home, crucial quality factor that our numbers internally to identify education, or starting employer partners in Chesterfield correlation between demographic a small business, the program will demand.” Sorry, Lucy. Bridges isn’t traits of our target population and match a minimum of $1 for each for you. But we are certain that success in the program. $1 in earned income up to $1,000. many of you know highly motivated For more information on our data So with $1000 of their savings and workers ready to provide quality analysis projects or any other $1000 in matched funding partici- work for decent pay and benefits. construction project questions, please pants can end up with $2000 to “We’ve got one employer who’s contact Jim Moody, x215 . apply towards one of the savings looking for 25 outstanding workers objectives. For more details, stay for their new facility,” says Bob. tuned to the Innovator or contact Our pool of recruits looking for Tom factory jobs is dwindling as they New & Rhodenbaugh, x231. are placed in these jobs, so send Improving more our way! Please contact Mike Websites Access to Jobs Hely x237 with your referrals. for Jobs Announcements Delayed Initiative and The Federal Transit Authority (FTA) Bridges to has not yet announced the winners of the 1999 Access to Jobs national Work Our new and improving websites are competition. “We’re anxiously taking better (& updated) form. waiting to hear that both of the St. The St. Louis Regional Jobs Louis area’s Access to Jobs Initiative (SLRJI) Welcomes the The address is: proposals were funded,” says RJI’s Casey Foundation and SLJRI’s ewgateway.org/labormkt/labormkt. Tabitha Wilson. The last we heard, Fellow Jobs Initiative Grantees htm. there were 280 proposals for SLRJI will host a series of workshops for the Casey foundation and its We hope you will take a moment to $110 million compared with the visit it. If you have any comments or $75 million appropriation. We can fellow Jobs Initiative grantees from Denver, Milwaukee, New Orleans, suggestions about how it can be im- only guess that they didn’t expect proved, please contact Jim such an overwhelming response and Philadelphia, and Seattle on May 3 & 4. Several of our program imple- Moody at x215 or via e-mail at jim. are still trying to sort through them firstname.lastname@example.org. regarding menters will be invited to attend the all. For more info on Access to Jobs workshops, which will focus on reten- RJI, or Bob Wolkowitz regarding and/or the St. Louis Regional tion strategies and approaches that Bridges at x217 or Bob. Transportation Plan call Tabitha they can utilize once program partici- Wolkowitz@ewgateway.org Wilson, x235. pants are working. For more infor- mation, please call Tom Rhodenbaugh, x231. Page 2 An Update On EWGCC’s Labor Market Initiatives May 25, 1999 East-West Gateway Coordinating Council 12th Edition www.ewgateway.org 10 Stadium Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63102 314-231-6120 Fax 314-421-4220 618-274-2750 Big Changes in Store for will interview intensively until placed. Hats Off to Bridges to Work SCORE’s Shea Bridges has re-vamped its Drug Screening to Be Smith!! screening and assessment protocol. These changes will be Implemented for Bridges to Shea Smith III, Work Applicants. Details are Volunteer with taking place over the next few the Service weeks and should be completed being worked out so that candidates can go straight from the Corps of Re- by May 24. The goal is to be tired able to offer the highest-quality “Introduction to Bridges” session at East-West Gateway’s offices to a Executives (SCORE) has been assessment in order to build awarded the title Small Business employer confidence in Bridges’ drug screening and treatment facility for the 10-panel urinalysis. Week 1999 Welfare to Work SBA participants. Placement and Associate of the Year. retention should both improve Results should be available within 48 hours. Mr. Smith is being recognized for greatly, according to Bridges his role leading a team of SCORE staff. “It’s going to positively reinforce our volunteers in surveying area busi- These changes include: workforce,” says Roz Staples- nesses in order to learn business Streeter, Bridges’ Program perspectives on welfare to work. Manager. “...It shows that Bridges is The result , called “The SCORE serious about our mission to both Report,” has been an important tool candidates and employers.” for welfare to work implementers ♦ Two pre-screening interviews Applicants testing positive will be and area businesses interested in before the Introduction to immediately assessed and referred making use of this workforce. Shea Bridges orientation. for rehabilitation. This is consistent and his team continue to inform the ♦ Drug testing (see article at with Bridges’ mission of taking process with their expertise. right). applicants “to the next level” of Mr. Smith’s list of other accomplish- ♦ A greater focus on retention. opportunity. For more information, ments is long indeed. He is currently The lines of communication contact Roz Staples-Streeter at strategic planning consultant for the will be more open between x268. Management Assistance Center- staff & participants. Executive Service Corps (MAC-ESC) Problem solving techniques of the United Way. He has edited will be used to pre-empt the Blue Chip Economic Worldscan, any problems. an international economic forecast- ♦ With more intensively- ing service, taught policy at the Uni- screened candidates, there St. Louis Center for Health Careers enrol- versity of Missouri-St. Louis — all will be a plea to employers lees will be “shadowing” at SSM hospitals after retiring from the Monsanto to speed up their hiring as preparation for their Certified Nurse’s Company! He has also authored processes in order to retain Assistant training which will begin in June. “This will give our participants some ‘first- two books on business strategies. and place the best The Innovator salutes Mr. Smith and hand’ clinical experience. We’re encour- candidates. aged by SSM’s willingness to support us thanks him for his generous contribu- ♦ Participants will be asked to and the participants’ enthusiasm,” says the tions to St. Louis’ workforce devel- halt their own job searches Center’s Program Manager, Marnée Mor- opment efforts. and allow BtW to be the gan. “job locator” for at least a For more information on the Center for week. During that time they Health Careers, contact Marnée at x236. Bridges to Work Labor Market The Welfare to Work Participant of the Month Partnership will be sponsoring Initiatives Website a Job Fair at The Cornerstone Remember to check out the Partnership in Wellston on A Bridges Wednesday, June 9, 1999. participant since January, Quintin Labor Market Initiatives’ For more information call Russ is an enthusiastic booster of the website at: Signorino at 539-4072 program, pleased with the speed www.ewgateway.org/ in which Bridges was able to labormkt/labormarket.htm “A Tale of Two place him in a job in customer ser- Cities:” St. Louis & vice at Reliv Milwaukee International. Working the phones during an evening shift at Reliv, he assists customers in placing orders with the nutritional products company. Quintin says he likes his job, and Construction Update Advocasey, is pleased to have made the the Annie switch from “back-breaking” rail- Jim Moody of East-West Casey Foundation’s road labor he did while living in Gateway and David national publication, for this Washington state. Rosenberg of St. Louis Works month features St. Louis And Participation in Bridges entails Partnership (SLWP) recently Milwaukee, comparing the “strict planning & discipline on my returned from a two day con- two different approaches to part,” getting to the vans on time ference attended by pre- changing labor market sys- and waiting a half hour after his apprenticeship programs tems. St. Louis’ efforts are shift for pick-up. “But,” he says, from across the country. Both given good marks for taking “this program could be only the were interested in some of on the harder challenges in beginning“ in promoting regional the mentoring programs be- improving the lives of chil- growth and equality...It’s been a ing operated in other cities. dren: namely, jobs for par- really pleasant experience.” With words like that, is it any Two St. Louis Works orienta- ents. If you would like to wonder why we chose Quintin as tion sessions have been com- read for yourself see Vol- our Participant of the Month? pleted at the Construction ume #1 of Advocasey by We wish him the best of luck & School this year, with a third visiting Annie Casey’s web- congratulate him on his out- set to begin on May 17. So site: www.aecf.org. standing performance. far, SLWP has made 8 place- ments, and hopes to place more as the weather im- The Wealth Gap proves. Distribution of Net Worth, 1997 Middle 20% (4.41%) Poorest 40% (0.05%) For more information on the Fourth 20% (10.73%) construction project, please Next 10% (11.43%) Wealthiest 1% (40.20%) contact Jim Moody. The wealthiest 1% of Next 5% (11.23%) Americans now own 40.2% of the wealth. Comments or suggestions regarding The wealthiest 10% own 73.2%. The poorest The Innovator? Contact Michael Next 4% (21.95%) 40% of Americans hold just .05% of total Hely at 421-4220. x237 or at Source: Edward Wolff, "Recent Trends in Wealth Ownership," 1998, wealth. Michael.Hely@ewgateway.org. based on Federal Reserve Survey of Consumer Finances. Figures for 1997 are preliminary. "Better than a jelly donut in the break room!" Pass The Innovator on to a co-worker!