“Beyond Incarceration” – YouthWorks Participants Create Video with Transformative Culture Project
October 24, 2017
The Transformative Culture Project (TCP), formerly known as Press Pass TV, uses media arts and culture as tools to transform lives and communities. Their Western MA branch is based in Holyoke and works to train and employ youth in the media arts with a social impact focus. In the summer of 2017 they hired YouthWorks […]
Investing in Intervention Report Highlights Effective Strategies in Massachusetts
January 18, 2018
A recently released report from Giffords Law Center, PICO National Network, and the Community Justice Reform: Investing in Intervention: The Critical role of State-Level Support in Breaking the Cycle of Urban Gun Violence highlights the impact of the Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI) and Shannon Community Safety Initiative, evidence-based violence prevention and intervention programs […]
The Massachusetts Health Care Workforce is Changing
November 01, 2017
Recently, we released a series of reports that we produced with the Center for Labor Markets and Policy at Drexel University (CLMP) under contract with the Office of the State Auditor. Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012—“An Act Improving the Quality of Health Care and Reducing Costs Through Increased Transparency, Efficiency and Innovation” directed […]
Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rosalin Acosta says CommCorp is “a vital component of the work we are doing in the Baker-Polito Administration to ensure that every person across the Commonwealth, regardless of their backgrounds or experiences, has access to opportunities that will improve their circumstances and empower them to change their futures.” For more, read our FY17 Annual Report.
The WCTF serves men and women across the Commonwealth who are ready to engage in programming but require targeted support to succeed in employment. The population we serve includes individuals who may have experienced trauma or challenges in their past and also may rely on aid from public benefits to support their families, individuals who have been disconnected from the workforce, and people who might not have been able to complete school. Some might not speak English as their first language, have health problems and/or struggle with substance addiction, and some have disabilities.
This one-pager focuses on investments the WCTF made in manufacturing partnerships to demonstrate not only the short term impact they had on employers and workers, but also to highlight the WCTF’s ability to build regional capacity.