Seedco Highlighted in ‘Best for NYC’ Campaign

Seedco is proud to be part of New York City’s ‘Best for NYC’ campaign, which helps employers connect with programs to train their employees and source diverse talent. Seedco was recently highlighted for its work helping food industry employers recruit, retain and advance high-performing employees through strategic hiring, training and performance evaluation procedures. The campaign shared the story of Josh, one of Seedco’s successful program participants: “In 2017, Seedco helped Josh find his first job at Ivan Ramen’s fast-casual Slurp Shop. With the mentorship of Seedco and a dedicated management team, Josh developed competitive culinary and leadership skills. Now a line cook at Ivan Ramen’s sit-down restaurant, Josh has developed a promising career path, become debt-free, established credit, and increased his salary by 40% in less than 18 months.”

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Grant from OneCity Health Innovation Fund to Improve Social Determinants of Health

On June 12, New York City’s OneCity Health Innovation Fund awarded $699,450 to the Bridging Access to Benefits and Care (BABC) program. This new initiative is led by Acacia Network, with three core partners: Seedco, St. Ann’s Corner of Harm Reduction (SACHR) and MDRC. Funding for BABC will address social determinants of health for the most vulnerable and disenfranchised opioid dependent population in the Bronx through outreach, engagement, enrollment in public benefits and linkages to care. Seedco’s focus will be increasing enrollments in public benefits using our EarnBenefits Online technology. BABC builds on Acacia and Seedco’s Bronx Health and Benefits Initiative, funded through the Bronx Partners for Healthy Communities Innovation Fund, to integrate EarnBenefits Online into Acacia’s federally qualified health centers (FQHCs).

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Seedco Provides Input on New Report from HSC Commission on Value-Based Care

In April, the Human Services Council (HSC) released a report from the Commission on Value-Based Care, titled “Integrating Health and Human Services: A Blueprint for Partnership and Action.” Seedco’s Executive Director Tara Colton was a member of the Commission, which was led by the Vice Chair of Seedco’s Board, Lilliam Barrios-Paoli.

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WREG-Memphis News Channel 3 Features Seedco’s ‘March Madness’ Job Fairs!

Celebrate March Madness with Seedco! Our Mid-South Regional Office in Memphis, TN is holding four job fairs with a dozen employers over the next two weeks. WREG-Memphis News Channel 3 highlighted the job fairs in an on-air segment on March 19.

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Memphis Commercial Appeal Article Highlights Seedco Job Fairs

A February 7 article in the Memphis Commercial Appeal profiled Seedco’s upcoming job fairs, which feature jobs in a range of fields, including construction, warehouse, forklift, machine shop, call centers and restaurants. Over the next 28 days, Seedco will hold 16 job fairs for the Memphis community! The series of job fairs, titled “I LOVE TO WORK,” are designed to serve participants in Seedco’s programs, including out-of-school youth and individuals with a history of criminal justice involvement, as well as the larger community.

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West Baltimore Re-Entry Program Highlighted in Maryland Draft State Workforce Plan

In 2016, Seedco and our partner Bon Secours Community Works launched the West Baltimore Career Pathways Collaborative (WBCPC). Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the program is designed to improve long-term employment and reduce recidivism among West Baltimore’s returning citizens who are nearing release from prison or home confinement. The state of Maryland just released their draft State Workforce Plan, which highlights the WBCPC as a key “example of Maryland’s efforts to integrate Career Pathways programming.” Pages 21 and 69-71 of the plan provide more details. The state is accepting comments on the plan through January 24.

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Seedco ‘Youth Advancing in the Workplace’ Model Guides Launch of New CareerLift Initiative in NYC

Seedco is thrilled to help launch CareerLift, a pilot that aims to grow targeted opportunities for formerly out-of-school and out-of-work young adults to help them stay employed and advance in their careers. CareerLift is led by the City of New York’s Center for Youth Employment, in partnership with Social Finance and JobsFirstNYC. Seedco and Madison Strategies Group are implementing the program. CareerLift draws from and builds upon proven local and national models, including Seedco’s Youth Advancing in the Workplace (YAW) program, which we have operated in NYC since 2014, with a focus on the food sector. With support from The Pinkerton Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation, this project will evaluate the feasibility of a “Pay for Success” model, in which employers assume the cost of job retention services only if proven successful — a first-of-its-kind funding model in the U.S. for employment retention services.

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Congressman Steny Hoyer Visits Seedco Navigators To Discuss the 2018 Open Enrollment Season

On November 27, Seedco was honored to host Congressman Steny Hoyer at our Waldorf, Maryland Office. Congressman Hoyer visited the Charles County Seedco Office at Health Partners to meet with Navigators and discuss the current open enrollment period. “I want to thank the dedicated navigators at Seedco, as well as the staff at Health Partners, for their contributions to the people of Charles County,” said Congressman Hoyer. “I will continue to work with stakeholders in our communities to make sure more families in Maryland have access to affordable health care.”

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Seedco Launches New Approach to Engage and Serve Low-Income Fathers and Their Children

Seedco’s Strong Fathers, Stronger Families program is implementing the Building Bridges and Bonds (B3) study, a partnership with MDRC, and the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Using a randomized control trial (RCT) design, B3 is designed to test innovative and evidence-informed approaches about the most effective ways to engage fathers and help them become increasingly self-sufficient and responsible parents. MDRC recently released an introductory brief about the B3 study.

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Help Available to Find Affordable Health Care

A letter to the editor in the Baltimore Sun urges readers to contact Seedco to enroll in affordable health insurance. The letter notes that “Focusing on public education and culturally sensitive face-to-face enrollment services, Seedco strives to create a user-friendly and accessible environment for families enrolling in health insurance.”

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Seedco Expands Health Care Access Efforts in Maryland

In July 2017, Seedco was awarded a $519,000 grant by the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange to expand its valuable work providing consumer healthcare access to residents Maryland. The new grant expands Seedco’s service area from the seven counties of the Upper Eastern Shore to include three additional counties considered to make up the Southern Maryland Region. These counties include Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s. Seedco now operates in ten counties and provides health care enrollment services in two of the program’s eight regions.

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Baltimore Sun: Significant Decline in Uninsured Residents of Maryland’s Eastern Shore Region

An August 27 Baltimore Sun article details how Maryland’s rural Eastern Shore region has seen a major decline in the share of residents without health coverage. From 2013 to 2015, the number of residents lacking health coverage in one Congressional district dropped by 54% – the largest decrease in the state. Seedco has been a leader in health insurance enrollment in the Eastern Shore since 2013 and we are proud to play a central role in bringing much-needed health coverage to this community.

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Seedco Awarded $1.48 Million from U.S. Dept. of Labor to Serve Justice-Involved Young Adults in Memphis

Seedco’s Mid-South office in Memphis, TN was awarded $1,480,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL)’s Reentry Project grant program to improve employment opportunities for justice-involved young adults in Memphis. This program will build on Seedco’s two existing USDOL grants serving individuals with a history of criminal justice involvement, in both Memphis and Baltimore, as well as Seedco’s programs serving out-of-school youth funded by the Memphis Workforce Investment Network.

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Seedco Holds Ribbon Cutting at New Memphis Office

On March 29, Seedco held a celebratory ribbon cutting at its Memphis office, organized in partnership with the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce. Seedco has operated programs in Memphis since 2004 and is proud to build on its strong foundation serving the Mid-South region.

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Helping Employed Families to Move From NYC Homeless Shelters to Self-Sufficiency

The New York Community Trust recently renewed Seedco’s innovative program, The Self-Sufficiency Project, for its second year of funding. Leveraging the generous support of the Trust, Seedco’s program will continue to help employed homeless families as they transition out of New York City shelters and move towards economic self-sufficiency.

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Seedco Shares Perspective on National Picture for Workforce Development

Seedco’s Executive Director Tara Colton moderated the keynote panel at the NYC Employment and Training Coalition’s annual Policy Forum on January 31st. The panel discussed trends, challenges and opportunities amidst the changing national picture for workforce development as part of the day-long forum, “Advancing Advocacy Through Partnerships in Uncertain Times.”

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Seedco Leadership Provides Input on Issues Facing Human Services Sector

Seedco Executive Director Tara Colton was named to two new advisory boards established by the Human Services Council (HSC): the HSC Priority and Strategy Council and the Value-Based Payment Commission.

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Seedco Continues to Help Thousands of Maryland Families to Access Health Coverage

Seedco’s Navigator program in the Upper Eastern Shore of Maryland has helped thousands of Marylanders enroll in affordable health insurance since the program launched in 2013. Read one consumer’s powerful testimonial about the support they received from Seedco.

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Memphis Works Videos Highlight Seedco’s Mid-South Career Pathways Collaborative

Our partners at the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce recently released two videos featuring participants and staff from Seedco’s Training to Work program, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. Seedco’s Mid-South Career Pathways Collaborative helps men and women enrolled in state or local work release programs in the Memphis area gain the job skills necessary for in-demand occupations as they reintegrate back into society. Seedco also operates this program in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Seedco Leadership Transition

Barbara Gunn to Step Down as Head of Seedco; Tara Colton to Lead the 29-year-old Non-Profit that Provides Vulnerable Communities with Workforce Support

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