Archives for Community Involvement

KRA and Partners Pre-Screen Candidates for Hiring Fair

The Chicago Westside American Job Center, operated by KRA for the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (CCWP), was an integral participant in pre-screening job-seeking hopefuls for the invitation-only World Business Chicago Westside Hiring Fair. World Business Chicago, a not-for-profit corporation, coordinates Chicago’s business retention and attraction efforts; raises Chicago’s profile as a prime business location; and serves as a resource for the community, bringing together key parties in the public- and private-sectors to accelerate economic development and growth. The 200 jobseekers selected to attend the Fair had to undergo a pre-screening process, which included resume review, update, and/or development; interview tips
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

In January 2018, when James LeBlanc, KRA Program Manager, recruited a local drivers’ education business as a Work Experience Program supporter, he was more than pleased that YouthWorks!  was gaining not just a valuable employer-partner, but an invaluable community-involvement partner as well! Benjamin and Allan Griffin founded B&A Brothers Driving Academy, LLC in honor and memory of their brother Bernard Griffin. Allan comments, “The unbreakable bond between Bernard, Benjamin, and myself guided the establishment of B&A to foster service in the communities where it was most needed, working toward the common good of individuals, especially our youth.” Both brothers attended Morgan State University. Allan (on
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KRA Represents Employment Sector on Reentry Coalition Executive Committee

Based in Chambersburg, PA, the Knowledge2Career (K2C) Academy, a proprietary KRA program operated for the South Central PA Works WIB, serves the unique career-development needs of young adults, 17 to 24, who are disconnected from both school and the job market, by linking academic and vocational training services to achieve workforce-related success. Recently, Amien “Tim” Hodge, KRA/K2C Operations Manager, received an invitation from Alaina Ingels, which read, “I’m pleased to announce that you have been nominated to represent the employment sector on the Franklin Together Reentry Coalition’s Executive Committee. As the Coalition Coordinator, I believe your work experience, knowledge and special skill sets would complement our committee and
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KRA Supports Annual Lompoc Career Event

In January, the heavy rains that spawned massive mudslides in Southern California left a path of death and destruction in Santa Barbara County, including the city of Montecito, whose 2010-census count of 8,965 included Ellen DeGeneres, Rob Lowe, Oprah Winfrey, and other celebrities. KRA laments the loss of life and property suffered by anyone affected by such disasters. However, we surmise that the rebounding and rebuilding process was not as devastating in Montecito, the wealthiest community in the County, as it was—and still is—for other cities. Sixty miles away is the 130-year old city of Lompoc, with a 2010-census of 42,434
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A Christmas Story…KRA Style

Recently, KRA staff from the San Diego Metro Region Career Centers, operated for the San Diego Workforce Partnership, visited the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego, which each year houses 1,200 family members of critically ill or injured children being treated at local hospitals. During a tour, staff discovered that every year, a group of Marines donates the entire holiday décor, and volunteers to “deck-the-halls” with beautiful Christmas trees, wreaths, and other sparkling decorations to the delight of all who enter the “home-away-from-home” facility. KRA staff collected and donated two tubs full of 30+ toys for the children; helped out at lunchtime in the Family
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KRA Monthly Spotlight! Westside Economic Development Collaborative Supports KRA

In The Effects of Unemployment on Crime Rates in the US, 2015, Ajimotokin, Haskins, and Wade analyzed the relationship between unemployment (BLS data) and crime (FBI data), and concluded that” “there is a positive correlation between both violent and property crime, not only with unemployment rates…” Unfortunately, the Westside of Chicago cannot be excluded from these research results. According to the Chicago Tribune, in a recent 30-day period, 503 violent-, property-, and quality-of-life crimes were reported in this community. On December 15, 2017, the KRA Westside American Job Center, operated for the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (CCWP), will host the
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KRA Cares! A Message from the President & CEO

Labor Day honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made, and continue to make, toward the prosperity, stability, and strength of our nation. This weekend, millions of Americans will be having a festive time…food, fun, family and friends… reminiscing about summer’s end. However, for 13 million of our neighbors in Texas, Louisiana, and three other Gulf States…as well as their family and friends across the county and around the world…this Labor Day will long be remembered as a time of suffering and pain. Torrential rains, devastating winds, and widespread flooding have so far taken 40 lives,
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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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