[Updated Repost] Advocacy 101: 4 Ways Community Based Organizations Can Get Involved in Advocacy and Engage with Policymakers

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For many community based organizations, involvement in public policy advocacy can be a daunting endeavor, meant only for policy wonks and experts who know all the physical and political in’s and out’s of state and local legislatures – not true! Especially for social issue-focused organizations, which tend to be part of larger systems that may require more resources, support, and changes to those systems in order to work toward solving or improving a particular problem and/or serve a particular population. This calls for active civic engagement and advocacy to tell representatives why they should care about and support your cause(s)! But where to start? Here are 4 ways your organization can get involved in policy advocacy or improve your current advocacy strategy:

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Deadline Extended: CareerSTAT Frontline Health Care Worker Recognition Award

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The nomination period for the 2016 CareerSTAT Frontline Health Care Worker Champion Program has been extended! All application materials are now due Friday, March 4, 2016. 

With the goal of recognizing oustanding health care employers, the 2016 CareerSTAT Frontline Health Care Worker Champion Program seeks to:

  • Recognize employers who are investing strategically in their frontline workforce;
  • Raise awareness around investments in frontline workers;
  • Identify frontline worker champion employers across the United States;
  • Share best practices with other employers seeking to learn more about how to do this work; and
  • Encourage other health care providers across all service lines to invest in their workers.

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City of Boston Launches 2015 Boston Tax Help Campaign

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BOSTON – On February 6th 2015, John Barros, Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Chief of Economic Development, joined other city officials and community partners to kick off the 2015 Boston Tax Help campaign, formerly known as the Boston Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) campaign. For the past 14 years, a city-led coalition of area nonprofits, business, and community organizations has promoted the economic independence of over 120,000 working families and individuals throughout Boston by offering free services and raising awareness about the EITC and other tax credits.

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Workforce Roundup: August 14-24, 2014

Welcome to the Workforce Roundup!

Below are workforce news, resources, and updates from the past week.

A couple highlights from the past week:

1) Skillworks’ Summer 2014 Newsletter is out! If you haven’t already seen it, check it out for all the latest SkillWorks updates, workforce development news and resources, policy updates and more! If you have already seen the newsletter, it’s worth another look!

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US Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez delivering remarks at the National Fund’s Fourth Annual Meeting.

2) The National Fund for Workforce Solutions has posted photos and meeting resources and materials from their 4th Annual Meeting: Better Skills, Better Jobs. Click here to learn more about the National Fund, and all the vital workforce development issues that were raised at this year’s meeting! Watch a video about the meeting here!

There’s lots more below!

Please add anything we missed by submitting a comment.

 Workforce in the News

Research and Reports

Tools and Resources

Funding Opportunities

  • 2014 Jobs Madness: JOBS MADNESS is now accepting applications for companies, either for-profit or non-profit with $5 million or less in annual revenue who are working to disrupt the status quo in the following key areas:
  1. Building accelerated pathways to employment in high demand sectors (IT, Advanced Manufacturing, Cybersecurity, etc.)
  2. “Skilling Up” low skilled workers using competency-based strategies for successful employment
  3. Innovative technologies disrupting the traditional education to employment model

The call for applications is NOW OPEN. All submissions must be received by midnight (12:00AM) Pacific Standard Time on Monday September 1, 2014. Any applications received after this date will be automatically disqualified.

  • Workforce Training Fund Program (WTFP) Grants. The Workforce Training Fund is a state fund enacted into law in July 1998 and financed entirely by Massachusetts employers. Its purpose is to provide resources to Massachusetts businesses and workers to train current and newly hired employees. Workforce Training Fund to award money to employers to help them train employees, enhance skills, and learn new skills. Click here to learn more!
  • Common Impact is now accepting applications for capacity building projects which will begin in early 2014. Common Impact hopes to make a decision within the next few weeks and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
    • Click here to learn more about how to apply, and to access the application.
  • SkillWorks Fall 2014 Funding Cycle: SkillWorks will accept proposals for its Fall 2014 funding cycle by invitation only and will not accept unsolicited Letters of Inquiry or proposals. Full proposals will be due on November 1.

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Workforce Roundup: August 8-14, 2014

Welcome to the Workforce Roundup!

Below are workforce news, resources, and updates from the past week.

A few highlights from the past week:

1) Governor Deval Patrick has signed the economic development bill into law! This marks a victory for SkillWorks, the Workforce Solutions Groupecondevtbill, the Job Training Alliance, and our other policy advocacy partners. In the area of workforce development, the law includes:

  • $12 million for the middle skills job training grant fund to support advanced manufacturing, mechanical and technical skills at vocational-technical schools and community colleges;
  • $1.5 million to the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund (WCTF) to prepare Massachusetts residents for new jobs in high-demand occupations, helping close the middle-skills gap and creating a seamless pathway to employment;
  • $2 million for a Big Data Innovation and Workforce Fund to promote the use of big data, open data and analytics;
  • $2 million for the Innovation Institute Fund at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC);
  • $1 million talent pipeline program that will provide matching grants aimed at increasing technology and innovation internships, and another $1 million for a start-up mentoring program to connect early-stage entrepreneurs, technology startups and small business with experienced business enterprises and capital financing.

Many thanks to Senate President Therese Murray, Chairwoman Gale Candaras of the Economic Development Committee, Senator Daniel Wolf,  other Senate leaders and members, House Chairman of Economic Development and Emerging Technologies Joseph Wagner, Speaker Robert DeLeo and other representatives for supporting job training and workforce development!

 2) The Patrick Administration has announced the apparent successful bidders for a $15 million Pay for Success (PFS) initiative. These contracts for funding have been awarded to Jobs for the Future (JFF), Jewish Vocational Services (JVS), and Social Finance to develop and improve Adult Basic Education and ESOL programming, increase access to those programs, and develop pathways to postsecondary education and career success. Congratulations!

3) The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) and Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) have released an Invitation to Comment on Implementation of Title II and Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to address any outstanding issues, areas in need of clarification, etc. as the regulations for this law are developed. Comments must be submitted by Friday, August 29, 2014.

There’s lots more below!

Please add anything we missed by submitting a comment.

 Workforce in the News

Research and Reports

Tools and Resources

Funding Opportunities

  • 2014 Jobs Madness: JOBS MADNESS is now accepting applications for companies, either for-profit or non-profit with $5 million or less in annual revenue who are working to disrupt the status quo in the following key areas:
  1. Building accelerated pathways to employment in high demand sectors (IT, Advanced Manufacturing, Cybersecurity, etc.)
  2. “Skilling Up” low skilled workers using competency-based strategies for successful employment
  3. Innovative technologies disrupting the traditional education to employment model

The call for applications is NOW OPEN. All submissions must be received by midnight (12:00AM) Pacific Standard Time on Monday September 1, 2014. Any applications received after this date will be automatically disqualified.

  • Workforce Training Fund Program (WTFP) Grants. The Workforce Training Fund is a state fund enacted into law in July 1998 and financed entirely by Massachusetts employers. Its purpose is to provide resources to Massachusetts businesses and workers to train current and newly hired employees. Workforce Training Fund to award money to employers to help them train employees, enhance skills, and learn new skills. Click here to learn more!
  • Common Impact is now accepting applications for capacity building projects which will begin in early 2014. Common Impact hopes to make a decision within the next few weeks and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
    • Click here to learn more about how to apply, and to access the application.
  • SkillWorks Fall 2014 Funding Cycle: SkillWorks will accept proposals for its Fall 2014 funding cycle by invitation only and will not accept unsolicited Letters of Inquiry or proposals. Full proposals will be due on November 1.

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