July 2016

In This Newsletter
Employer Spotlight
Construction Ready @ CGI
Interested in Customer Service Training?
ABC's 18th Annual Women's Leadership Forum
VITA numbers are in!

Tues. July 12  - TCWFI Orientation; 8am

Tues. July 19 - TCWFI Orientation; 8am

Fri. July 22 - Generation Atlanta graduation at Trees Atlanta; 2pm 

Tues. July 25 - Construction Ready Class (Cohort 3) begins

Tues. August 2 - National Night Out Community Event at Four Corners Park

Sat. August 6 - Homebuyers Education Course; 8am

Tues. August 9 - TCWFI Orientation; 8am

Sat. August 13 - McDaniel Street Bowl at Pittman Park; 8am
SAVE THE DATE: McDaniel Street Bowl 
August 13, 2016
Pittman Park in Pittsburgh 
950 Garibaldi Street, SW 
Atlanta, GA 30310

Neighborhood Planning Unit-V and the Centers of Hope at Pittman Park and Dunbar Neighborhood Center are hosting the annual McDaniel Street Bowl. The goal of the Bowl is to promote unity through positive youth engagement. Join in on the fun, food and football!

Download the flyer  here
Employer Spotlight 
Our work is made whole with the support of our Employer Partner network. Special recognition to the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead for helping us place participants in entry-level positions. Kudos partner!

If you're interested in employing well-trained candidates, contact Anita Foster at afoster@tcwfi.org. 

Dear Reader, 

Exciting things are happening at The Center for Working Families everyday and we want you to be in the know! In this review, you will learn about the Center's recent news, upcoming events, employer partnerships and other news. Read on and enjoy!   

Construction Ready  recognized at 6th Annual CGI America Meeting

At this year's Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America meeting, Mayor Kasim Reed announced four Commitments to Action which will spur economic development and job growth, create sustainable greenspace and provide financial services in West Atlanta. "It is my privilege to announce these new Commitments to Action with our partners, including a $2.5 million challenge grant to fund Mims Park, along with projects to create jobs, reduce poverty and unemployment, increase financial literacy, boost energy efficiency and expand greenspace," said Mayor Kasim Reed. Standing alongside Mayor Reed during this announcement was Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA) President & CEO, Scott Shelar representing the Construction Ready at TCWFI partnership. 

Read the full press release  and more about all initiatives included in the Commitment to Action. 

Construction Ready at TCWFI equips participants with the fundamental tools, long term supports and access to jumpstart a career in construction. In this pilot year, 60 residents will be trained in Construction and Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Class B, earning over eight (8) nationally recognized certifications. T his training is a partnership between The Center for Working Families, Inc. and CEFGA. It is made possible with the support of The Atlanta CareerRise, Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds provided by the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency and The Annie E. Casey Foundation.  

Our next class will start on July 25, 2016. Interested candidates can read more or register  here.
Do you know som eone looking to improve their Customer Service skills?
Photo: Generation students at graduation
TCWFI's second hard-skills training program, Generation Atlanta  helps young adults (ages 18 - 29) kickstart th eir career in the Customer Service field through a six-week, part-time program that will teach them the technical and behavior skills needed to excel in retail, hospitality and telecommunication s industries.

Generation is a program of McKinsey Social Initiative, a nonprofit founded by McKinsey & Company, that brings together the social, public, an d private sectors to implement innovative approaches to complex societal challenges. The training class is hosted at The Center for Working Families Monday through Friday. 

For information about the program visit tcwfi.org or apply at generationinitiative.org/USA. 
SAVE THE DATE: National Night Out 2016 

On Tuesday, August 2, 2016 TCWFI will partner with the Neighborhood Planning Unit V (NPU-V) National Night Out Committee to host National Night Out; an annual community-building event that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. This year's host community is Peoplestown. TCWFI will provide backpacks and school supplies. 

Last year's National Night Out Back to School Block Party was a successful event indeed with over 600 NPU-V residents in attendance enjoying a night of fun, food, music and school supply giveaways. Many influential elected officials supported the event: City of Atlanta  Councilmembers Joyce Sheperd, Cleta Winslow, Carla Smith and Andre Dickens, Representative Pat Gardner and Senator Nan Orrock.  TCWFI had the privilege of giving away over 500 book bags to students filled with the necessary tools for educational success. The event was sponsored by Spelman College, Newell Rubbermaid, Grant Park Neighborhood Association, Concessions International and a host of individual donors. 

Please visit our  Facebook page  to see more photos from past events. 
TCWFI at ABC's 18th Annual Women's Leadership Forum  

Our President and CEO, Che D. Watkins served as a panelist at the Atlanta Business Chronicle's 18th Annual Women's Leadership Forum hosted at the Cobb Galleria Center on June 24, 2016. Alongside  executives from  the Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Manheim North America and the  Scientific  Games Corporation, the group discussed strategies on how to lead change amidst transition. 
VITA numbers are in! 

Since 2009 TCWFI has participated in United Way of Greater Atlanta's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) campaign, resulting in more than $10 million returned to the community in tandem with a suite of financial literacy and asset building supports.  In 2016, TCWFI was the second highest VITA site in Atlanta, preparing more than 1,500 returns for residents, free of charge; contributing over $1.8 million back into the community with more than $940,000 in earned income tax credit returned to low to moderate income working individuals and couples.

If you are interested in serving as a VITA volunteer, sign up for the next TaxSlayer software training  here.
Participant Spotlight: Chameka Johnson

Meet Chameka Johnson.  Chameka is a native Atlantan and the mother of two young boys. At the tender age of seventeen Chameka's life took a turn when her grandmother, her guardian who cared for her and her three siblings passed away. As the oldest, the responsibility of maintaining their household fell on Chameka. She soon began her career in customer service at a fast-food restaurant where she stayed for seven years .

In search of a new start, Chameka browsed a job site where she learned about our six-week customer service training program,  Generation Atlanta  focused on helping individuals between 18-29 enter into companies that value growth. 

Through Generation, Chameka honed skills in the areas of problem solving, cash-holding, and complaint de-escalation techniques, among other things. She was given an opportunity to interview with one of our employer partners, Concessions International where she was hired full-time, earning a 30% increase in past income with company provided benefits. She plans to work her way through the ranks at Concessions into management.  We know she can. 

Chameka's story is a testament to the strength many of our participants possess, hard-working individuals who are looking for opportunities to advance economic success for themselves and their families. To see more participant success stories, visit ou Facebook page.