KRA Continues Building Alliances To Support Disabled Jobseekers – As the KRA Community Care Campaign (CCC) Committee plans for our 2016 initiative to be launched next month, we reflect on the success of the 2015 CCC, which targeted disability employment. Coast-to-coast, KRA programs collaborated with community partners to develop and/or expand projects that capitalize on the abilities of jobseekers for whom mental and/or physical challenges present significant barriers to sustainable employment.
KRA thanks all of the dedicated private, public, and non-profit organizations with whom we continue to partner in keeping disability employment a high-priority workforce-services concern. And, we proudly acknowledge our programs’ achievements in providing innovative, results-oriented job-preparation solutions for, as exemplified by the Knowledge2Career (K2C) Academy, a KRA-proprietary program for older youth disconnected from school and the workforce.
Recently, KRA/K2C—operated for the Pacific Gateway WDB, in partnership with the City of Long Beach, CA—and MHALA Village created a partnership focused on comprehensive, individualized career guidance, paid worksite experience, and job-placement and retention services to prepare young adults receiving case management, healthcare coordination, and other services at MHALA’s TAY Academy for employment with community employers.
According to Joanie Sonnet, KRA/K2C Business Liaison, “Our collaborative partnership with NHALA is providing challenged young-adult jobseekers with a customized work-support services program to prepare them for meaningful employment opportunities, assisting them in becoming self-sufficient contributors to the economic growth of the Long Beach community.”