Archives for Community Involvement

KRA Services Youth Challenged by Trauma

It is both appropriate and timely that KRA chose its 2016 Community Care Campaign (CCC) to focus on two devastating consequences of neighborhood violence…PTSD in youth and young ex-offenders returning to the community seeking education, job-training and/or employment opportunities. A September 2016 Washington Post article stated, “As a number of major American cities are reporting more homicides this year than last year, the overall number of killings in the country’s biggest cities has increased in 2016, with one city accounting for nearly half of the total spike.  Chicago has experienced almost half of the overall increase in homicides…along with Washington
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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 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 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 Monthly Spotlight!

Our Spotlight! is shining brightly on KRA partner, Cathedral Kitchen (CK), and the students enrolled in KRA’s Out-of-School Youth (OSY) Program, funded by the Camden County Workforce Investment Board. Nigel Charles, KRA/Camden Instructor, reports, “In November 2015, during an OSY Workshop session, we discussed a 2014 Census Bureau statistic that close to 40% of the Camden, New Jersey population lives below the federal poverty level. Beginning with the general challenges imposed by living in poverty, the discussion soon evolved into the specific, day-to-day impact, including the lack of enough food, that poverty has on families and their children.” Motivated to
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KRA/CTWorks Adopted a Family for Christmas

Eliz Cruz, KRA Career Agent with the Greater Hartford CTWorksAmerican Job Center–operated for Capital Workforce Partners–wrote to her co-workers, “I’d like to express my gratitude and appreciation for the cash and gift-card contributions for our ‘adopted family’.” More than $500 was donated to help fulfill their Christmas wishes!” Eliz was referring to the drive that she and colleague Maritza Morales, KRA Unit Supervisor, organized to support the local Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family Christmas Program. On December 21, 2015, the KRA/CTWorks‘  adopted family–a disabled,  retired grandmother raising her two granddaughters, 3 and 7, on her own–was presented with individually-wrapped gifts that included bedding, books,
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