Seedco Awarded $6 Million from U.S. Department of Labor for Re-Entry Employment Opportunity Programs Across Four States

In June 2018, Seedco was awarded $6 million in new funding from the U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL) Re-Entry Employment Opportunity Program to serve a total of 760 justice-involved individuals in four states: New York, Arkansas, Tennessee and Maryland. The programs will launch in July 2018 and operate through 2021. Seedco was awarded $4,358,210 to serve 570 justice-involved young adults ages 18 to 24 in West Baltimore, MD; South Bronx, NY; Memphis, TN; and West Memphis, AR and $1,496,779 to serve 190 justice-involved adults in Memphis, TN and West Memphis, AR. This funding builds on Seedco’s three current re-entry programs in Memphis and Baltimore funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Open Enrollment for Health Insurance

Yolanda Vazquez speaks with Mark Romaninsky, the Program Director for Seedco, about Open Enrollment for Health Insurance for Maryland residents. Residents can apply from November 1st, 2016 – January 31st, 2017. Also discussed is eligibility and new plan options for 2017. 

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Evergreen Health plans listed but not for sale on health exchange

Marylanders hoping to buy health insurance from Evergreen Health through the state’s online insurance exchange, which opened Tuesday, will have to wait.

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Over one year after unrest, church’s West Baltimore effort continues

From Dallas to Baton Rouge, La., to France, as the world simultaneously salts and licks wounds – and many question whether the center can hold – West Baltimore, with help from the Archdiocese of Baltimore and others, is doing its best to see that it does.

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Health exchange extends open enrollment by a week

Open enrollment on the state’s health insurance exchange has been extended five days because of the snowstorm that crippled the region and might have prevented consumers from seeking assistance, officials said Friday.

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Third year of open enrollment on health exchange begins

The start of open enrollment on the state’s online marketplace for health insurance went smoothly Sunday, officials said, with almost 780 people signing up by late afternoon and many others calling for information or meeting in person with professional advisers.

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Bilingual Man Educates Low-Income Maryland Residents

When Carlos Bolanos arrives at the Esperanza Center in Fells Point twice a week, the line is often 15 people deep, even on a slow day. As an EarnBenefits specialist for the nonprofit Seedco, Bolanos helps to screen low-income residents for benefits including food stamps, health insurance programs, tax credits, housing and utility assistance. Catholic […]

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Separating Fact from Fiction with Immigration Rights

Advocates with Seedco, a nonprofit that helps to educate low-income residents about the government benefits available to them, say immigrant clients often fall prey to such rumors. The New York-based nonprofit, which has locations in Maryland, Tennessee and Georgia, helps link residents with around 20 different kinds of benefits through a program called EarnBenefitsOnline . […]

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Colton Joins Seedco as Senior VP

Seedco has announced that Tara Colton, former Associate Vice President for Program Development and Planning at FEGS Health & Human Services, has joined as Senior Vice President of Programs. She will bring more than 15 years of experience in both the public and nonprofit sectors, and works closely with Seedco’s leadership team to develop the […]

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Tara Colton Joins Seedco as Senior Vice President of Programs

Seedco has announced that Tara Colton, former Associate Vice President for Program Development and Planning at FEGS Health & Human Services, has joined as Senior Vice President of Programs.

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