EMPLOYMENT SKILLS ACTION STEPS

Thank you for being inspired to take action. It is because of people like you, that Lincoln will truly prosper. Here is a list of what actions for employment skills might look like:

  • Sign up and stay involved in Prosper Lincoln
  • Tweet #ProsperLincoln to share what you are doing or learning
  • Follow us on Facebook

Businesses/Anchor Institutions

  • Create intentional career paths and ladders, especially for lower wage/lower skilled employees
  • Create a mentoring program within organization
  • Financially support employees who are developing their skills, through underwriting tuition and/or other expenses (such as transportation, childcare)
  • Advocate for the importance of skill development as a way to meet business needs and improve the quality of life for employees
  • Organize volunteer opportunities for employees to support job skills development within and outside your organization (mentoring, career coaching, literacy, financial literacy, tax preparation, resume writing)
  • Mitigate the barriers individuals face to employability (e.g., transportation, child care, benefits cliff, addiction/mental health, lack of skills, criminal history)

Faith Community

  • Learn how to identify, assess, and refer individuals to appropriate skill development resources
  • Create mentoring and peer mentoring programs for your community
  • Learn from families within your faith community the barriers they face to high quality jobs
  • Advocate for approaches that will mitigate the barriers individuals face to employability (e.g., transportation, child care, benefits cliff, addiction/mental health, lack of skills, criminal history)
  • Organize volunteer opportunities for members to support job skills development (mentoring, career coaching, literacy, financial literacy, tax preparation, resume writing)

Neighborhoods

  • Advocate for the importance of job skill development for livable wages for families
  • Learn about the job skills resources offered in your neighborhood and throughout Lincoln
  • Advocate for approaches that will mitigate the barriers individuals face to employability (e.g., transportation, child care, benefits cliff, addiction/mental health, lack of skills, criminal history)
  • Organize volunteer opportunities for members to support job skills development (mentoring, career coaching, literacy, financial literacy, tax preparation, resume writing)
  • Understand the workforce needs of businesses in your neighborhood

Nonprofit and Cultural Organizations

  • Create intentional career paths and ladders, especially for lower wage/lower skilled employees
  • Consider how your organization may assist individuals in poverty gain livable wage jobs
  • Refer stakeholders to available jobs and supportive resources
  • Create a mentoring program within organization
  • Mitigate the barriers individuals face to employability (e.g., transportation, child care, benefits cliff, addiction/mental health, lack of skills, criminal history)

Philanthropy

  • Fund job skills development opportunities for students and adults
  • Invest in Prosper Lincoln to continue to advance this agenda
  • Learn about the skills needs of Lincoln’s business community

Public Sector

  • Participate in efforts that match available jobs to job seekers
  • Adopt approaches that will mitigate the barriers individuals face to employability (e.g., transportation, child care, benefits cliff, addiction/mental health, lack of skills, criminal history)
  • Promote information about job skills development and supportive programs through offices, facilities, and broadcasts

P-16 Education

  • Collaborate with business sectors to match skills training to needed jobs
  • Enter into alliances with other sectors to continue to create job skills education
  • Create mentoring and internship opportunities for students
  • Play a role in identifying, assessing, and referring traditional and non-traditional students (parents of students) to job training opportunities

Individuals

  • Volunteer for organizations that support job skills development (mentoring, career coaching, literacy, financial literacy, tax preparation, resume writing)
  • Organize awareness and spur ideas about how the groups you are in can support families in poverty gain livable wage jobs

Quotes From Our Supporters

Prosper Lincoln is one of the most exciting community engagement and community-building efforts happening in the country.  It’s a real model!

Dan Cramer, Co-founder, Grassroots Solutions, St. Paul, MN

Prosper Lincoln will not only benefit all of your kids and your community; it is also a model for similar efforts around the country, thanks to the leadership of LCF.

Richard Ober, President & CEO, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation; Founder Community Foundation Opportunity Network; Concord, NH

Communities across the US are searching for innovative initiatives to improve economic opportunity and mobility.  We can all learn from the amazing work of Prosper Lincoln!

Brian Collier, Executive Vice President, Foundation for the Carolinas

Prosper Lincoln is breaking new ground in economic revitalization without displacement.

Ellen Shepard, CEO, Allies, Chicago, IL

To see an entire community come together to ensure all Lincoln residents are successful is very inspirational.  Congratulations!

Nancy Van Milligen, President/CEO, Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, Dubuque, IA

In my regional and national work in community development this is one of the most unique and exciting strategies for true change I have seen!

Del Gines, Senior Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Omaha, NE

Bringing together a multi-sector group of committed Lincoln residents will support prosperity for all.  Congratulations on this excellent collaboration.

Holly C. Sampson, President, Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, Duluth, MN

Diverse voices from across Lincoln came together so that current and future generations can thrive. This is no small feat, and it’s inspiring to see that collective vision inch closer to fruition. You can consider yourselves a model for other communities starting to embark on this work.

Megan Powers, International Program Officer, The McKnight Foundation Minneapolis, MN

There is no better example of the power of convening than Prosper Lincoln! Bringing together members of the community from all walks of life to enrich the City is inspiring.

Regine Webster, Vice President Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Washington, DC

Prosper Lincoln is creating a national model for building vibrant, equitable and resilient communities.  Systems thinking + the right resources!

Sandy Wiggins, Chair, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) Washington, DC

Prosper Lincoln is an important approach to solving community problems. By bringing together local businesses, nonprofits, neighborhoods, government and faith organizations, they are bridging divides, building connections, and sparking opportunities in way that shows true community engagement.

Vikki Spruill, President and CEO, Council on Foundations

This is one of the most impressive community focus efforts I have seen. You are making considerable progress!

Cynthia Hardin Milligan, Trustee and former Chair of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI

Lincoln is one of a few cities across America where citizens and leaders from across different sectors have come together to tackle their community’s most complex challenges. Your ability to already show results and persevere is inspiring.

Ben Hecht, President and CEO of Living Cities, Washington, DC

Solving tough national problems like the opportunity gap begins locally, and Prosper Lincoln is leading the way.

Robert D. Putnam, Professor of Public Policy and author, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

There is nothing more powerful in securing a community’s long-term health than evolving a shared vision through community engagement. Congratulations!

Rip Rapson, President, The Kresge Foundation, Detroit, MI