Economic Mobility

Access to better jobs and income

  • Strategy

    Increase the number of and raise the visibility of "earn while you learn" training opportunities for adults who want to increase their skills but are unable to go to school full-time because of other obligations.

    Actions:


    Expand the number of opportunities provided by flexible, locally created on the job training programs (work-based learning training opportunities, etc.). More details

    EmployIndy

    15%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    March 2, 2017: EmployIndy increased the footprint of work-based learning and on the job training opportunities within healthcare and technology as a result of funds available through 2018, from a US Department of Labor grant aimed at long-term underemployed and unemployed residents. The Employ Up program offers training education and paid work-based learning opportunities.

  • Increase visibility and community based connections to training opportunities in neighborhoods. More details

    EmployIndy

    20%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    March 2, 2017: EmployIndy is increasingly applying an intentional, place-based approach to delivering education, training, employability skills and work-based learning at the neighborhood level to advance strong and supportive communities. EmployIndy increased investment in community-based workforce development to provide education, training and work experiences for individuals in five recognized high-priority neighborhood clusters and other high-need areas of the city.

  • Increase the opportunities for youth to improve their skills and their earning potential. More details

    EmployIndy

    30%

    Start Date:

    July 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    March 2, 2017: EmployIndy was awarded additional funding to enhance existing summer employment programs and expand employability skills training and work experiences throughout the year. These are programs with innovative approaches to offering career information and substantive work opportunities for the city’s estimated 30,000 opportunity youth and young adults, and include exposure to industries and employers driving our region, as well as, earn and learn opportunities.

  • Strategy

    Leverage the economic strength and place-based nature of Indianapolis' anchor institutions to expand neighborhood-based pilots for hiring and training unemployed and underemployed residents in the neighborhood where the business is located/locating.

    Actions:


    Partner with EmployIndy to convene anchor institution human resource leaders to identify the challenges and opportunities to training, hiring and retaining workers from the surrounding neighborhoods. More details

    Indy Chamber

    0%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2017

    Completion Date:

    March 31, 2017

    Status update:

    February 13, 2017: In process

  • Create employer education and outreach effort among Indy Chamber members to enlist more private sector employers voluntarily adopting “ban the box”. More details

    Indy Chamber

    0%

    Start Date:

    May 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    January 31, 2017

    Status update:

    February 13, 2017: “Ban the box” is currently in its opening phases. We should have an action plan by the first quarter of the year.

  • Strategy

    Expand the number of youth participating in career preparation opportunities to increase the likelihood they will be knowledgeable about and prepared to pursue high quality post-secondary opportunities leading to career pathways.

    Actions:


    Create, implement and monitor an on-going program that links youth that have completed job-readiness training with (public and private) employers during school breaks. More details

    MCCOY

    0%

    Start Date:

    March 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    May 31, 2017

  • Actively partner with Indiana Black Expo to recruit and support at risk youth to get them engaged in the “job readiness” certificate program and the “school break” youth employment program. More details

    MCCOY

    0%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2017

  • Strategy

    Increase our community's capacity to provide supportive services and employment (including transitional jobs) leading to long-term economic and social stability for residents who face employment barriers due to involvement with the criminal justice system.

    Actions:


    Identify effective best practices in wrap-around services and their core components which support ex-offenders in securing employment and/or engaging in transitional jobs. More details

    Marion County Re-Entry Coalition

    50%

    Start Date:

    October 1, 2015

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2016

    Status update:

    October 27, 2016: The Education and Employment Work Group of the MRCR have identified best practices and core components in Transitional Jobs. They are currently working to develop a network of providers who offer a core component(s) and build a network so that they can offer their programs in collaboration and effectively create a Transitional Job program.

  • Quantify target increase of employment and transitional job placements with service providers implementing best practices. More details

    Marion County Re-Entry Coalition

    0%

    Start Date:

    April 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

  • Identify and work with public and philanthropic funding sources to secure funding needed to increase number of evidence based employment and transitional job placements. More details

    Marion County Re-Entry Coalition

    25%

    Start Date:

    September 1, 2015

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    October 27, 2016: In partnership with the Mayor’s Office have convened public (City of Indianapolis, EmployIndy) and private partners (Central Indiana Community Foundation) to identify opportunities to expand funding to Transitional Jobs. EmployIndy is now able to allocate up to 10% of their WIOA funds for Transitional Jobs and MCRC will be working with them to create a system for that. 2016 Crime Prevention Grant funds supported both RecycleForce and Goodwill Industries’ programs.

  • Identify and ensure delivery of high quality technical assistance needed to support organizations adding employment and/or transitional job placements. More details

    Marion County Re-Entry Coalition

    0%

    Start Date:

    July 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

  • Monitor outcomes in order to improve ongoing availability of increased employment and/or transitional job placements. More details

    Marion County Re-Entry Coalition

    20%

    Start Date:

    April 1, 2015

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    October 27, 2016: The MCRC has established outcome indicators for each of the work groups. The Employment Work Group tracks placements and retention in employment in general and transitional jobs specifically.

  • Develop jobs pipeline with employers who have agreed to give priority in interviewing clients of the employment training and/or transitional jobs programs. More details

    Marion County Re-Entry Coalition

    10%

    Start Date:

    March 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    October 27, 2016: The MCRC is in conversation with the City of Indianapolis regarding connecting businesses/employers who are seeking support/incentives from the City with a Transitional Jobs provider who can respond to their employment needs. This conversation is also in process with the City County Council’s Metropolitan Development Committee.

  • Convene decision makers in the judiciary and state and county agencies administrating probation, parole, and community corrections to identify and implement changes in procedures and staffing to reduce barriers for ex-offenders to meet court appearances and probation and parole obligations outside of their working hours. More details

    Marion County Re-Entry Coalition

    30%

    Start Date:

    June 1, 2015

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    October 27, 2016: The System Redesign work group of the MCRC has been working with criminal justice partners to provide for drug testing that can happen at the work site, expansion of office hours into the evening to accommodate people who work during the day.

  • Create an accountability framework for ensuring that all City and County agencies consistently implement the “ban the box” ordinance internally and with their contractors and support implementation in the private sector. More details

    Marion County Re-Entry Coalition

    15%

    Start Date:

    October 1, 2015

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    October 27, 2016: The MCRC is working with the City of Indianapolis, Office of Public Health and Safety to create a system for checking compliance with the ordinance. Conversation is in progress regarding expansion of Ban the Box obligations to companies that receive tax incentives or other city benefits for development or expansion of their businesses.

  • Strategy

    Create industry-led, sector-specific workforce development infrastructure which provides clear information about career pathways and identify quality training opportunities enabling job seekers to pursue opportunities for higher skilled, higher wage employment.

    Actions:


    Create and support collaborative of community-based organizations providing training and support to underprepared workers. More details

    Ascend Indiana

    30%

    Start Date:

    July 1, 2018

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2018

    Status update:

    December 13, 2016: Ascend has convened the regional workforce partnership members on three occasions to coordinate regional efforts to address these needs. Ascend is actively soliciting reputable national partners.

  • Identify training resources gaps. More details

    0%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2019

    Completion Date:

    June 30, 2019

    Status update:

    May 5, 2016: CIWDI will utilize relationships with employers and education providers to identify these gaps.

  • Create and implement initiatives or support and incentivize initiatives to close training resource gaps, across platforms including work readiness training programs, and around data collection and data sharing to enable ongoing improvement in job training and placement efforts. More details

    Ascend Indiana

    10%

    Start Date:

    July 1, 2019

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2019

    Status update:

    December 13, 2016: Ascend is continuously collaborating with regional workforce development stakeholders through regional workforce partnership meetings and routine strategy and process co-development efforts.

  • Create clear, easily accessible and understandable information about where to access “career pathways” sector specific training. More details

    Ascend Indiana

    10%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2019

    Completion Date:

    June 30, 2020

    Status update:

    December 13, 2016: Ascend is developing an online talent platform solution to capture data in employer, job-seeker, and education provider profiles.

  • Strategy

    Expand the number of youth participating in career preparation opportunities to increase the likelihood they will be knowledgeable about and prepared to pursue high quality post-secondary opportunities leading to career pathways.

    Actions:


    Work in partnership with Marion County schools to introduce the Junior Achievement Career Readiness Curriculum to ask many students in Marion County schools as possible. More details

    Junior Achievement

    50%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    February 16, 2017:

  • Strategy

    Grow supportive services for adult workers seeking to overcome barriers to gaining employment at wages that will get them out of poverty.

    Actions:


    Create a network of Bridge workforce training programs that link Centers for Working Families with technical certification programs. More details

    Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

    45%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    April 25, 2017: LISC is currently supporting Bridge Workforce training programs at four sites in Indianapolis neighborhoods: Southeast Community Services, Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center, John H. Boner Center, and Edna Martin Christian Center. Future plans include partnering more intentionally with Employ Indy to expand the bridge workforce training program.

  • Expand the number of Centers for Working Families to 13 in Marion County, and increase the number of families served by each center. More details

    United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI)

    77%

    Start Date:

    July 1, 2015

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    February 1, 2017: Currently there are 10 centers.

  • Strategy

    Increase the opportunities for adult learners of all ages to successfully complete a diploma recovery program; one that focuses on attainment of post-secondary credentials or job placement.

    Actions:


    Quantify the total capacity at and costs for all existing adult high schools in Marion County. More details

    Goodwill

    25%

    Start Date:

    September 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

  • Increase the number of adult high school graduates from post-secondary or a dual credit programs.. More details

    Goodwill

    25%

    Start Date:

    September 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

  • Track state budget and legislative action around charter funding and the impact that the expansion of the number of adult high schools could have on the local community. More details

    Goodwill

    25%

    Start Date:

    September 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

  • Advocate at city and state levels for increased funding to support adult high schools.. More details

    Goodwill

    25%

    Start Date:

    September 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

  • Project:

    Great Families 2020

    http://www.uwci.org/great-families-2020

    Using a federal grant from the Social Innovation Fund, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Great Families 2020 initiative targets neighborhoods on Indianapolis’ near West Side, Northwest/Midtown, near Eastside and Far Eastside to establish neighborhood support networks that provide integrated services in post-secondary education and workforce development, early childhood education, financial support, and health and well-being to families living in poverty. Modeled after what is known as the Two Generation approach, Great Families 2020 is a framework developed by Ascend at the Aspen Institute, a nationally recognized hub for innovative ideas and collaborations that move children and their parents toward educational success and economic security. By establishing a neighborhood network of comprehensive, integrated services that serve the whole family, more children are prepared to enter kindergarten ready to learn, more parents acquire the skills needed for a career, and more families become financially stable.

  • Project:

    Veteran’s Assistance

    http://www.hvafofindiana.org/

    Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation, Inc. (HVAF) provides housing and reintegration services to veterans experiencing homelessness and administers programs and services to prevent at-risk veterans from becoming homeless. HVAF has three designated employment specialists who help veterans overcome barriers to regular employment. The emphasis on helping homeless veterans secure employment is enhanced coordination with various veterans’ service programs. Since hiring additional staff in this department, HVAF has tripled its reach from 2013 and now plans to serve 300 veterans through the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust which provides grants to nonprofit organizations that focus on providing education and/or training for individuals to obtain gainful employment.