Posts by Brooke Hodge

Guest Review: Young Workers Hit Hard By COVID

Guest review written by Grace Heffernan, Senior Project Manager, Thomas P. Miller Associates Cuyahoga County’s youngest workers face the most desperate employment prospects since the Great Depression. An estimated 21,000 young adults aged 16-24 in Cuyahoga County are disconnected from both work and school (The $44,000 Question) and the resulting impacts of this disconnection go well beyond negative employment outcomes…

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6 Things Needed for Inclusive Economic Recovery

Review written by Bishara Addison, TE Senior Manager, Policy & Strategic Initiatives In order to realize that vision, however, skills policies targeting industries and workers need champions at the state and federal levels. In addition, income and social safety net supports are essential to support job seekers as they weather the storm into this reimagined…

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Policy Corner: Voting With A Record

Voting with a criminal record There is a lot of misinformation out there. Be sure to know your rights. You are eligible to vote as long as you are not incarcerated in jail or prison for a felony conviction. That means, if you are in a half-way house, on probation or parole, on some sort…

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Timothy’s Story

Timothy participated in Towards Employment’s pre-release career readiness programming while finishing up a sentence in the County jail, where he met TE career coaches Chelsie Froning and Steve Foglio. Right before his release, his home was destroyed in an apartment fire. Despite this devastating set back, Timothy enrolled in workshop at TE in January of…

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TE’s PACE Program: Richard’s Story

In February 2020, Richard returned home. He moved into transitional housing at Harbor Light and began career readiness training with them. “I knew I needed to get a job,” Richard said. But getting a job with barriers such as a record is tough…getting a job with a record during a pandemic? Uncharted territory. While completing…

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Policy Corner: June 2020

Policy Corner: We are following the following issues in the statehouse: Fines and fees related to driver’s license reinstatement Legislative Win! HB 285 has passed in the Ohio House and Senate! HB 285 will make permanent the Driver’s License Reinstatement Fee Debt Reduction and Amnesty Program. This is an important policy for Towards Employment participants.…

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Workforce and the Digital Divide

Written by Bishara Addison, Senior Manager, Policy & Strategic Initiatives I find it hard to find words these days. There are so many crucial conversations that need to be had. In the midst of two public health crises – one new, and one that has existed under the surface for some while very apparent for…

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Letter to the editor: Prioritize young adults in post-pandemic recovery

Recovery is an opportunity for a more inclusive economy,” Jill Rizika, the executive director of Towards Employment, a Generation Work partner, outlined a strategy for ensuring that our post-pandemic economy works better for everyone. She highlighted the need to embrace the alignment of systems, the investments in human capital, and the scaling of proven practices…

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