Posts by Marcie Dingle

KRA Brightens Holiday for Prison Fellowship Family

Through the Angel Tree® Prison Fellowship Program, the KRA San Diego Metro Region Centers, operated for the San Diego Workforce Partnership, “adopted” a family—a mother; children, 5 and 7; and a father…who was incarcerated. Career Agent Catherine McLean, reports, “As part of our 2016 Community Care Campaign, KRA/San Diego staff donated both time and money to provide some Holiday cheer for our adopted family.  Gifts were given to the children as if they were from their parents, with each receiving toys from their Angel Tree wish lists, as well as books, clothes, and a Holiday stocking filled with more goodies.
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

Our December Spotlight! is shining brightly and aptly—as another spectacular year comes to an end—on KRA Employee Achievements!  In Connecticut, Maryland, and California, on December 8, 9, and 12, respectively, hundreds of employees, family members, and friends gathered to celebrate those employees whose performance most exemplified KRA’s Core Values…Knowledge, Responsibility, and Achievement…in 2016. During three Evenings of Excellence, more than 185 employees were honored for having distinguished themselves in three arenas pivotal to KRA’s expansion, growth, and success throughout its 35th year of operation. Leadership Edge (LE) is KRA’s proprietary staff development and training program for expanding employees’ knowledge, skills,
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KRA Adopts Beach Streets Midtown Intersection

The website states, “There are several key ways the City hopes to use ‘Beach Streets’ as an invitation to think differently about our streets.” And, attended by such dignitaries as Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and City Councilmember Daryl Supernaw, Beach Streets Midtown was another spectacular success! In the spirit of the 2016 Community Care Campaign (CCC), the KRA Knowledge2Career (K2C) Academy, operated for the Pacific Gateway WDB, joined Beach Streets Midtown by adopting a midtown/central Long Beach intersection and shining a light on the needs of hard-to-place youth for skills-training and -certification and jobs with “second-chance employers”. KRA staff,
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KRA Gives Thanks for Local Agencies’ Services

The multi-site Greater Hartford AJC,  operated by KRA for Capital Workforce Partners (CWP), demonstrated its appreciation for the family-support services offered by two vital area organizations through a “Thanks and Giving” food and clothing drive. Organized by Lydia Santiago, KRA Unit Supervisor, and supported by co-workers in the Hartford Office,  one of the drive’s beneficiaries was CT Transition House, an Urban Alliance, Inc. partner that provides clothing, food, housing, and utility assistance to area families. (Photo: Marva Ledbetter, CT Transition House; Elizabeth Burke/Lydia Santiago, KRA) The other agency, Jewish Family Services, provides counseling, education, and other community-support services, including food for more
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KRA Receives Award for BUILDing Ex-offender Community Awareness

Months before KRA announced its 2016 Community Care Campaign (CCC), KRA’s Baltimore City Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program—operated for the Department of Social Services—was already a designated Community Partner supporting Turnaround Tuesday (TAT), a skills-training and job-placement program for “returning citizens”. Baltimoreans United In Leadership Development (BUILD) found its efforts to attract Business Partners so successful, they had more unfilled training slots and employment opportunities than ex-offender applicants.  Spearheaded by Career Agent Jermietria Carroll, for its 2016 CCC project, KRA/Baltimore targeted several high-crime zip codes and distributed TAT flyers  for an Ex-Offender Expo, expanding awareness of the services available
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KRA Partners with YALLA to Support Exploited Youth

Recently, KRA announced that its 2016 Community Care Campaign (CCC) focuses on two special jobseeker-populations: ex-offenders and youth symptomatic of PTSD-related behavior. The KRA/San Diego Metro Career Centers, operated for the San Diego Workforce Partnership, report that California is ranked in the top five states for human trafficking, and in recent news, the FBI designated San Diego as a “high intensity child prostitution area.” To support the targets—refugees, immigrants, and under-served youth—of this appalling exploitation KRA/San Diego partnered with YALLA (Youth Leaders Living Actively), which uses athletic and academic programs to assist this victimized population in rebuilding their lives. Prior
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

Last month, KRA Customer Gains Employment…and a Place to Call Home featured a homeless-jobseeker served by our Greater Hartford AJC. This month, another tale emerges from our San Diego Metro Career Centers. Sadly, from Connecticut to California—and every KRA program in between—there is no shortage of stories.  One east-coast operation reports that 1/3 of customers have experienced homelessness. Regardless of the contributing circumstances, job-hunting as a homeless person presents a harsh, and perhaps—for those without assistance and support—insurmountable barrier to sustainable employment. As November draws to a close, so does National Homelessness Awareness Month for 2016.  However, the end of November is also the end of an OJT
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KRA Staff Honored for Contributions to Community

Recently, a black-tie gala honored One Hundred Men of Color for positive contributions and long-term commitments to their respective Connecticut and Western Massachusetts communities. Artie Owens and Anthony Harrington were among these 100 dedicated and distinguished men, acknowledged for their unwavering support of business, civic, and education sectors in the community, positively impacting the lives of individuals, especially our youth, throughout the Greater Hartford area. Owens, Program Director of a KRA/AJC network that covers 37 towns in Connecticut’s North Central Region for Capital Workforce Partners, provides guidance, oversight, and support for 70+ staff members who operate and manage specialized WIOA
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KRA Launches 8th Annual Community Care Campaign

Recently, KRA announced that its  2016 Community Care Campaign (CCC) focuses on two special jobseeker-populations, whose obstacles to meaningful and sustainable employment are not necessarily mutually exclusive: youth suffering from a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and individuals with criminal backgrounds, i.e., ex-offenders. CCC Committee Coordinator, Nate’ Gordon, reports, “Most often, PTSD is used to describe a debilitating condition exhibited by Veterans who have served in war-torn areas of the world.  However, as incidences of inner-city violence increase right here at home, we are  encountering PTSD-type symptoms of anxiety, depression, and hopelessness in our young-adult customers—fueled by challenges of un- and
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KRA Partnership Hosts Successful Career Expo

Recently, KRA hosted the 1st Annual Alameda County Career Expo in collaboration with the Alameda County Workforce Development Board (WDB), the Oakland WDB, and the City of San Leandro, CA. Convened at the Zero Net Energy Center in San Leandro, the huge event was also supported by the Contra Costa County WDB, the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, the EASTBAY Works America’s Job Centers network, and the Oakland Private Industry Council. Expo numbers were beyond impressive—more than 50 private- and public-sector employers, with 750 job opportunities, invested $250-$500 to take advantage of varying levels of participation; 500 jobseekers pre-registered; and
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