Low-income young adults have barriers to educational resources and work opportunities, which affect their lifelong earning potential. With comprehensive support, they can create career plans, build professional networks, and develop work experience. Seedco has been successful in helping young adults overcome challenges by working with them on a one-on-one and a long-term basis.
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
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: