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Our public and private sector clients want to address multi-layered challenges, often that impact at-risk or under-served populations. Lee Mozena's specialty is making persuasive arguments and backing them up with local statistics. She weaves together multiple perspectives and translates sector jargon into compelling stories.
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Client Inc.* is applying for a XXX Fund grant to address the urgent task of Preparing Youth for Success. This grant will provide under-represented youth, (ages 16-24) with affordable, short-term, high tech training that leads to internships and employment.
Seattle’s high skilled labor shortage is a persistent and complex problem that hits the tech industry hard. In addition to the region’s famous tech giants seeking to fill thousands of positions, hundreds of startups compete for fresh talent. The cost of living in Seattle is another barrier for unskilled, low- income job seekers.
Ethnic and gender diversity in the tech industry is well below other sectors, (8%). While 1/2 of King County population growth is driven by foreign born residents, their employment rate lags behind. Low diversity in tech inhibits job opportunities and career success for minority applicants. It also thwarts inclusion efforts, innovation and sustainability of employers.
Most tech training programs are lengthy, expensive and inflexible; which reduce participation of socio-economically disadvantaged youth. Even if they can afford $5,000 tuition, training requires time away from paid work.
Refugees and immigrants are ideal candidates for training that leads to tech jobs. Seattle has a sizeable, untapped population of unemployed, 18-24 year-olds. A disproportionately high number of whom are foreign born.
GOALS & OBJECTIVES
Refugees and immigrants can help close the tech diversity gap if given the right opportunities and support. Our goals are to:
Client Inc. targets populations that most programs overlook. Our training is 3 hours long, twice weekly, evenings and weekends. Class size is limited to 15 students so we work closely with students who have zero technical skills or low English proficiency.
Client Inc. is uniquely positioned to close the gap between corporations/small businesses and qualified workers. Our CEO is a minority woman and engineer who understands the opportunity divide facing our target audience. Differentiating features of our program include:
Client Inc. enrolls newly-arrived refugee and immigrant students in South King County. Our clients are Somali, Burmese, Bhutanese, Rohingyas, East, West & Central African, Iraqi and Afghani. We will work with other agencies and non-profits to find applicants.
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We take a strategic yet delicate approach to helping businesses manage diversity in their organizations and to understand the language of government to fulfill policy requirements when seeking new business.
We’re experts at working with local, state and national government agencies and their constituents to help them develop, manage and successfully execute diversity programs and policies. We have advised political candidates and community groups to help them manage controversial issues that impact their platforms.
Having been on both sides of the labor table, we can bring all the parties together for mutual benefit. We’ve helped labor work with business to get people jobs, and community groups to leverage government policies to find partners and employment opportunities. On the other hand, we've worked with businesses to capture contracts with a strong diversity focus.
Our approach to strategic planning and implementation ensures policy, practice and outcomes generate value for every relationship.
Strategic Planning is about designing programs that integrate business, government, community and labor perspectives for mutual benefit. We use an integration model to unlock underutilized assets and work around existing silos. One of our goals is to bring various departments in your organization into alignment. Sometimes the process includes necessary yet 'disruptive' conversations, which we lead on your behalf.
The big picture result is healthy, productive interdependence and multi-layered growth. The snapshot is energized ERG’s.
We help you go beyond compliance and connect the dots between internal and external diversity to invigorate your Supplier Development programs, making them more effective and long lasting. Our nationally recognized Diversity Design method includes honest conversations, education and training at every level of your organization.
Aligning diversity strategies with your organizational goals and culture is critical for:
Diversity Design focuses on Policy Design, Education and Implementation. These are centered around 3 core initiatives:
Diversity & Inclusion (D&I)
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