Webinars

Enhancing Coordinated Entry with Employment

Date: March 20, 2017

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This webinar presented the purpose and principles of integrating employment pathways into coordinated entry and highlighted the innovative approaches taken by Chicago, Seattle, and Houston—three of our Connections Project sites—to do so. By integrating employment and income pathways into coordinated entry, we can ensure that people entering the homeless services system are quickly and seamlessly connected to the resources they need to exit homelessness for good.

John Rio of Advocates for Human Potential, Heather Muller of CSH, Nancy Phillips of Heartland Alliance, and Danielle Winslow of All Home (King County) presented. Carl Wiley of National Initiatives/National Center on Employment and Homelessness moderated.

Duration: Approx. 90 minutes


Forging Strong Partnerships Between Continuums of Care and Workforce Boards

Date: February 9, 2017

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This webinar lifted up the successful collaboration between the Houston-area Continuum of Care (CoC) and Workforce Investment Board (WIB). Gary Grier of the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County and Omar Fortune of Workforce Solutions – Gulf Coast Workforce Board presented about high level approaches and specific steps taken to form their CoC/WIB partnership. Tom Stubberud of CSH moderated.

Duration: Approx. 90 minutes


Taking on Chronic Unemployment: Lessons Learned from 40 Years of Subsidized Employment Programs

Date: August 10, 2016

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Heartland Alliance’s National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity joined the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality (GCPI) and the National Employment Law Project for the webinar, Taking on Chronic Unemployment: Lessons Learned from 40 Years of Subsidized Employment Programs. The presenters shared the findings and recommendations from GCPI’s recent report, Lessons Learned from 40 Years of Subsidized Employment Programs, and explained how subsidized employment can be a cost-effective way to decrease persistent unemployment and to combat long-term poverty.

Duration: Approx. 70 minutes


Advancing WIOA for Individuals Facing Barriers to Employment: Perspectives on State & Local Planning

Date: March 3, 2016

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This webinar lifted up the work of advocacy organizations, philanthropic institutions, and community-based service providers who are working to ensure that WIOA state and local planning takes into account the workforce needs and interests of individuals facing barriers to employment. The call also highlighted aspects of our WIOA Planning & Implementation Toolkit.

Duration: Approx. 90 minutes


Meeting the Needs of Jobseekers Experiencing Homelessness

Date: November 4, 2015

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National Initiatives joined the National Alliance to End Homelessness and the Home&Work Connections Project site, based in Seattle King County, to give an overview of NI’s WIOA Planning & Implementation Toolkit and lift up strategies to ensure that WIOA implementation meets the needs and interests of of homeless jobseekers. 

Duration: Approx. 75 minutes


Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA): Translate, Innovate, and Collaborate

Date: October 14, 2015

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National Initiatives joined the Corporation for Supportive Housing, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, CLASP, and Workforce Solutions Texas to give an overview of WIOA and lift up opportunities the legislation presents for homeless service providers to increase employment outcomes for homeless jobseekers.

Duration: Approx. 90 minutes


Call for feedback on OCSE Report to Congress

Date: June 4, 2015

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This webinar provided registrants with the opportunity to weigh in with the commissioner of the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE), Vicky Turetskty, on best practices for providing employment support, job training, and job placement for custodial and non-custodial parents. The feedback was intended to inform the contents of a report and set of recommendations for improvements to the child support enforcement program that OCSE was required by law to deliver to Congress.

Duration: Approx. 60 minutes


Leveraging SNAP Employment & Training: Designing and Implementing Employment Solutions for People Facing Barriers to Employment

Date: June 24, 2015

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This webinar provided a federal-level overview of the SNAP Employment and Training (E&T) funding stream and how SNAP E&T funding can be used to serve people experiencing chronic unemployment. Following the federal overview, the webinar discussed Minnesota’s lessons learned in leveraging SNAP E&T funds to design and implement employment solutions for people facing barriers to employment. The webinar also included strategies for designing employment solutions for the chronically unemployed. The webinar featured federal and state experts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Pohlad Family Foundation, and Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota

Duration: Approx. 75 minutes


Helping Opportunity Youth Succeed in Employment: Principles, Practices, and Innovations

Date: June 10, 2015

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This webinar introduced our Opportunity Youth Employment Toolkit and offered a number of strategies for designing, implementing, and improving employment services for opportunity youth with the greatest barriers to employment. The webinar featured employment service providers from Roca, Inc. and Bright Endeavors.

Duration: Approx. 80 minutes

 


The Connections Profect RFP

Date: Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

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This webinar provided an overview of the Connections Project RFP application, process, and submission deadlines, as well as answered questions submitted by attendees.


Employer Engagement Toolkit Webinar

Date: December 15, 2014

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This webinar introduced the NTJN’s Employer Engagement Toolkit, which offers a wide range of resources that workforce development stakeholders can use to show employers the business value of partnering with a TJ or subsidized employment program, plan and implement effective job development strategies, build lasting relationships with employers, and promote positive employment outcomes for job seekers with barriers to employment. The webinar featured staff from the NTJN along with along with expert job developers from Growing Home in Chicago, IL and Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County in Fort Worth, TX.

Duration: Approx. 75 minutes


Enhancing Transitional Jobs with Occupational Training: Implementation Lessons from Michigan Earn and Learn

Date: August 12, 2014

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Hosted by the National Transitional Jobs Network (NTJN) and in collaboration with the Social IMPACT Research Center, this webinar lifted up implementation lessons learned from IMPACT’s study of Michigan Earn and Learn,an enhanced transitional jobs (TJ) initiative.

Launched in 2011, Earn and Learn targeted disconnected youth, individuals returning from incarceration, and the chronically unemployed in three of Michigan’s most economically distressed regions and offered participants TJ coupled with education and occupational training.

This webinar featured speakers from the NTJN and Social IMPACT as well as Earn and Learn regional administrators and direct service providers from Southwest Solutions, Genesee/Shiawassee Michigan Works!, and Focus: HOPE.Together, these experts showcased Earn and Learn’s program design, shared the initiative’s implementation challenges and successes, and discussed lessons learned to advance the workforce development field.

Duration: Approx. 90 minutes


Employment Strategies for Populations Experiencing Homelessness: Veterans and Individuals with Mental Health Conditions

Date: December 11, 2013
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As a part of the National Transitional Jobs Network’s Working to End Homelessness (WEH) Initiative, supported by the Butler Family Fund, this webinar presents information from our WEH best practice brief, “Populations Experiencing Homelessness: Diverse Barriers to Employment and How to Address Them.”  This webinar provided an overview of the WEH Initiative, its free resources for stakeholders, and summarized select concepts discussed in the “Populations Experiencing Homelessness” brief.  Exploring sections of the brief’s contents in depth, Kenneth Weber of the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital in Hines, IL discussed employment programs offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for veterans experiencing homelessness and shared key concepts for practitioners working with homeless veterans who are seeking to become employed.   The webinar’s second expert panelist, Joseph Garcia of Lifenet Texas in Dallas, TX, highlighted barriers to employment for individuals with mental health conditions who are experiencing homelessness and strategies that programs and providers can use to help this population become employed.

Duration: Approx. 75 minutes

 


Enhancing Employment Programs: Supportive Services, Job Development, and Social Supports for People Experiencing Homelessness

Date: October 4, 2013

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As a part of the National Transitional Jobs Network’s Working to End Homelessness (WEH) Initiative, supported by the Butler Family Fund, this webinar presents information from our WEH best practice brief, “Employment Program Components: Considerations for Modifying Programming for People Experiencing Homelessness.”  This webinar provided an overview of the WEH Initiative, its free resources for stakeholders, and the concepts discussed in the “Employment Program Components” best practice brief.  Taking a deeper dive into the best practice brief’s contents, Thomas Stagg and Freda Ceaser of Central City Concern in Portland, OR and Jesse Teverbaugh of The Cara Program in Chicago, IL shared their expert insights into how employment programs and practitioners can best incorporate supportive services, job development, and comprehensive social support to help individuals experiencing or at-risk of homelessness succeed in employment. 

Duration: Approx. 90 minutes

 


Workers and Employers Benefit from Subsidized Jobs: New Research Findings

Date: May 21, 2013

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This webinar featured Mark Elliott and Anne Roder of Mobility discussing findings from their forthcoming report on worker and employer experiences with subsidized employment programs. In this study, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, Mobility examined the implementation of subsidized employment programs in five locations and conducted an employer survey, focus groups with participants, and reviewed wage and program participation data in order to uncover the benefits and challenges of participation for employers and workers.  They found that both employers and workers benefited from these programs. Stan McMorris, the Deputy Executive Director for the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, commented on the findings and on his agency’s experience in operating the Mississippi STEPS program, one of the programs featured in the report.

Duration: 75 minutes

 


Where’s the Money? Innovative City and State Funding Approaches to Supporting Transitional Jobs & Subsidized Employment Programs.

Date: April 5, 2013

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Workers – and employers – across the country are continuing to recover from the effects of the Great Recession.  Fortunately, many experts and organizations are devising creative ways to support employees and employers during this recovery.  To help share these solutions, the National Transitional Jobs Network and the Center for Law & Social Policy are pleased to announce a new webinar series aimed at lifting up what works across the country to get workers connected to employment, highlighting ground-breaking research findings, sharing innovative partnerships, funding approaches and solutions, and learning from the field.

The first webinar highlighted our joint publication Innovative City and State Funding Approaches to Supporting Subsidized Employment and Transitional Jobs.

  • Hear from three state and municipal officials using city, state, and federal dollars to fund subsidized employment and transitional jobs strategies in order to get chronically unemployed individuals back to work.
  • Learn what you can do to implement these funding approaches in your community. 
  • Get advice from national experts on ways you can involve your city and state in implementing these approaches.

Duration: 75 minutes