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JOBS Coalition Mission Statement  


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The JOBS Coalition is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness and seeks solutions for the workforce challenges facing the chronically unemployed, underemployed, underserved and returning ex-offenders across Washington, D.C. We also focus on vocational education as a promising pathway for youth. By working with faith-based partners, construction industry leaders and community-based organizations, we inform hard-to-employ residents about the skills needed for employment in the construction trades, and identify available jobs and opportunities for training. Started in 2001, the JOBS Coalition continues to work towards strengthening apprenticeship, training and job placement programs across the city.


While raising awareness of employment challenges and potential barriers to employment, the JOBS Coalition and its members have combined their resources and industry expertise to achieve the following results:

  • Built the Bellevue Resource Center, a program facility serving the hard-to-reach, hard to-employ, and returning ex-offender populations. The Center was completed on September 30, 2003.
  • Guided the creation of the Academy of Construction and Design at Cardozo, providing District students with access, training and preparation for careers in the construction industry and trades after graduation. The Academy officially opened in September 2005.
  • Hosted a series of issue forums including:
    • A 2014 forum held ahead of the mid-term elections focusing on the District’s marijuana legalization ballot initiative.
    • A 2012 clergy/business summit on workforce intermediaries – businesses and the faith community working together to address issues of unemployment in the District of Columbia.
    • A 2008 forum addressing employment challenges facing returning ex-offenders.
    • A 2005 citywide forum examining workforce equality for local, small and disadvantaged businesses.
    • A 2005 mayoral candidate forum focusing on effective strategies and policies to strengthen workforce development citywide.
    • A 2003 forum highlighting the need for vocational education reform in the District.
  • Testified before the D.C. Council in 2009 on ex-offender rights and strategies for successful re-entry into their communities in the areas of housing, education, healthcare, rehabilitation, job training and employment.
  • Developed in 2009 a task force of government agencies, community and faith-based organizations, and employers aimed at reducing employment challenges and improving on-the-job performance for returning citizens.
  • Unveiled in 2009 the “Accords of Corporate, Civic and Faith-Based Responsibility in the District of Columbia,” a collaborative effort to improve vocational and technical training, and educational opportunities for city residents.
  • Testified in 2006 before the D.C. Council’s Committee on Education to fast track appointments to the Vocational Education Commission.
  • Co-sponsored in 2004 an economic summit led by the D.C. Chamber of Commerce on the state of business in the District of Columbia.
  • Hosted a series of two-day job forums/job fairs since 2001 to help the hard-to-employ, including returning ex-offenders, find job opportunities in the construction industry.
We will work together to develop a long-term strategy that creates an environment where aspiring District residents will have unprecedented opportunity to succeed. We strive to create a fair and open system, supported by government, industry, employers and the education and faith-based communities, which seeks to properly train today’s apprentices while making an unparalleled commitment to educating students and others not yet in the workforce.








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