The Foundation is dedicated to promoting the Work First message. Employment is the path to self sufficiency and we provide policy makers with cutting-edge research on workforce development programs. Each year the foundation hosts a summit, inviting employment program leaders, educators and elected officials to participate in a conversation about our findings in the field of job placement.
The Work First Fellowship provides a unique perspective to adults who look to make a difference in the area of urban poverty. At the culmination of each fellowship year, fellows present their findings to members of local government, business leaders, and academics. Projects have reviewed:
- challenges non-English speaking clients face
- fiscally appropriate internship opportunities
- alternative education programs
- causes of computer illiteracy
- opportunities to combat food insecurity
- implications of the minimum wage increase on public assistance recipients