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 ages 18-24 in New York City through the Youth Advancing in the Workplace (YAW) program to enter the workforce world, become more independent, and plan for their futures. Through this work, Seedco has identified the benefit of supporting employers by being a resource for their employees including reducing the costs associated with turnover.
Out of YAW, Seedco has developed the Career Advancement, Retention, and Empowerment or CARE program. CARE provides support and resource to employees, jobseekers, and employers by taking a dual approach.
1. Seedco partners with employers to help their employees overcome challenges to staying in their jobs and becoming more engaged at work.
2. Seedco partners with workforce development and other social service programs to assist young adult job seekers find, sustain, and advance in employment.
CARE is currently funded by The Pinkerton Foundation and the Ira W. DeCamp Foundation
Acacia Network, Promesa Inc, and Seedco have launched a program to support veterans experiencing homelessness. Veterans struggling to find sustainable housing and in need of job readiness and employment support are encouraged to apply.
Services and benefits:
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.
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:
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.