Employers And Industry Partners
Employers need a skilled workforce to remain competitive and productive. In a tight labor market, the challenge to find and retain quality employees intensifies. Specialized services to reach target populations, identify high-potential individuals, and work with entry-level workers to navigate their workplaces can be highly effective in helping employers strengthen and maintain a strong team. By working with employer partners, Seedco enhances our effectiveness, paves the way for individuals’ employment success, and strengthens community assets overall.
Since 2014, Seedco has worked with young adults in New York City to enter the
working world, become more independent, and plan for their futures. Our program identifies growing
opportunities, primarily in the food sector, and combines:
Seedco is a partner in CareerLift, a pilot project with the potential to transform how workforce development programs are sustained. We are working with Social Finance and the NYC Center for Youth Employment to launch the country’s first pay-for-success funding model in which employers pay for retention services. Youth Advancing is currently funded by The Pinkerton Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation through the Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC.
Strong Fathers, Stronger Families helps parents find jobs, achieve economic stability, establish healthy
relationships, and make a positive impact on the lives of their children. Seedco and its partners take a
comprehensive approach with:
We work closely with partner organizations BronxWorks and STRIVE International to reach and serve low-income fathers in NYC, with a focus on the South Bronx and East Harlem. Other partners are MDRC, serving as an independent evaluator, and the Urban Institute, providing guidance on quality improvement. Since 2011, we have served more than 5,000 fathers. The US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, funds the program.
Since 2016, Seedco has participated in a national evaluation of Responsible Fatherhood programs funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families to identify services that improve the outcomes of low-income fathers working toward responsible parenting and economic stability. Seedco is working with MDRC to evaluate Just Beginning, a parenting and early childhood coaching intervention.
Seedco’s participation enhances the understanding of effective approaches serving low-income fathers and contributes to evidence-based research in the field
Seedco’s West Baltimore Career Pathways Collaborative engages local employers, service providers, and correctional agencies in establishing career pathways for individuals coming out of the criminal justice system. By helping individuals find a job and establish a path for advancement, Seedco improves their chances of successfully integrating into their communities and staying out of prison.
Since 2015, our program designs training and placement around locally in-demand sectors, including manufacturing and construction, and integrates:
A key partner in outreach and service delivery is Bon Secours Community Works. Other local partners in the West Baltimore CPC include the Maryland Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services, the Baltimore Workforce Investment Board, the Mayor’s Office of Human Services – ReEntry Division, and Job Opportunities Task Force. The US Department of Labor funds this program.
Because young adults with a criminal justice history have higher rates of recidivism than older adults, they need a strong support system to re-integrate into their home communities. Seedco initiated its Turning Point Memphis program in 2017 to help young adults coming out of the justice system to get job training and placement in a high-demand sector. In addition, the program provides comprehensive case management, with access to specialized services from partner providers to address health, legal, housing, and other needs. We place a high priority on personal stability, so young adults can focus on employment goals. Participants can also take part in a Young Adults Advisory Council and provide leadership to their peers.
The US Department of Labor funds this program.
Building upon the partnerships and systems established across its other local programs serving those with a criminal history background, Seedco established its RISE program in 2018 to improve employment outcomes for adults who have been incarcerated or recently released in the Memphis metropolitan region, including West Memphis, Arkansas.
Seedco’s program integrates case management, job readiness, occupational training, connections to apprenticeship, placement in employment, financial coaching, parenting skills, mentoring, legal services, enrollment in public benefits, and follow-up care. Our strengths are strong community relationships that expand the resources available to participants, including literacy and education, legal services, and health care. Partnerships provide opportunities in distribution and logistics, food, and construction sectors, all experiencing strong job growth locally.
The US Department of Labor funds this program.
Starting in 2018, Seedco is scaling its impact in positively affecting employment among young adults that have involvement in the juvenile or adult criminal justice system. The program implements a national model, while integrating localized approaches in New York, Maryland, Tennessee, and Arkansas. The comprehensive program is focuses on in-demand industries and combines: