Announcements from Chicago's Workforce Development Funder Collaborative

CWFA ASSISTS WITH CHICAGO'S COVID-19 
CONTACT TRACING INITIATIVE 

Through our Equitable Recovery Corps Fund, CWFA is supporting the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership's (The Partnership) initiative to create a COVID Contact Tracing Corps. The Equitable Recovery Corps Fund helps ensure employment initiatives associated with the recovery maximize their racial equity impact.


CWFA is supporting  AMPT, a capacity-building provider for non-profits, to provide technical assistance to organizations considering applying to this RFP. The organizations selected will lead a health-equity based approach to further contain the spread of COVID-19, and ultimately will build Chicago's future public health workforce. Visit www.ChiTracing.com for more info.

Community-based organizations that are interested in exploring this opportunity and potentially receive technical assistance with their application can find more information  HERE. The Funder Alliance will also provide open access technical assistance in the form of a grantwriting best practices workshop tailored to the RFP. 
Members of the Contact Tracing Corps will have access to an "Earn-and-Learn" program to help them pursue career pathways in public health and related fields upon completion of their Corps employment. Investment in the implementation of this career pathway program is a major focus of the Equitable Recovery Corps Fund, and CWFA is proud to be working with the Partnership and with Chicagoland's visionary public health leaders on its design.
CHICAGOLAND CAREER PATHWAYS PARTNERS WITH REGION'S NEW YOUNG ADULT WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PORTAL

Chicago and Cook County have a new young adult workforce development portal, launched jointly by RoadTrip Nation and The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership. The Portal features conversations with and motivational stories from a variety of successful professionals in our region's high demand industry sectors. The website also features resources for career exploration, and local initiatives geared toward youth.
The new portal is a great complement to the work of CWFA's  Pro Path Fund,  especially the Chicagoland Career Pathways program directory at www.careerpathways.net. The new portal has highly visual and engaging content about occupations and career pathways, and the directory has concrete, actionable content on programs to pursue those pathways. CWFA is proud to help sponsor the new portal and work towards alignment and integration steps that optimize the experiences of users on both sites.
The new portal comes alongside a wonderful documentary airing this weekend! See here for more info  

FINANCIAL SERVICES PIPELINE INITIATIVE'S SEVENTH ANNUAL INTERN CAREER CONFERENCE  GOES VIRTUAL

The seventh annual intern career conference of the Financial Services Pipeline (FSP) Initiative, hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, went virtual on July 9th for the first time due to COVID-19. This year's theme was "Navigating Your Career Through Adversity". Over 250 interns and students representing 1 4 FSP member firms and eight non-profit partners, including Greenwood Project, Cristo Rey, Urban Alliance, and Year Up, received tactical tips, heard from inspirational speakers including keynote from Samara Hernandez of Chingona Ventures , took a mindfulness break, and participated in a networking activity through GoGame .

FSP was formed in 2013 with two primary goals:
  • Increase the representation of Latinos and African-Americans, at all levels, within the Chicago area financial services industry
  • Improve the overall cultural competency within the Chicago area financial services industry.
LABOR DATA INSIGHTS RESOURCE

As a reminder, CWFA, along with the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership  and the Chicago Jobs Council , has created periodic virtual presentations/meetings to share ongoing  labor market information and insights.This forum will help us make decisions for an  equitable recovery for our region's workforce in 2020 and beyond. Click HERE to see past data and presentations and to register for the next session.
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