Cincinnati Works: The Next Step NetWORK ($108,500 Grant)
Cincinnati Works was founded in 1997 to lead the effort to eliminate poverty in our community. Their mission is to partner with willing and capable people living in poverty to assist them in advancing to economic self-sufficiency through employment.
The Impact 100 grant of $108,500 funded an 18 month pilot program – The Next Step NetWORK. This program utilized Cincinnati Works proven employment model with young adults ranging from 17 ½ to 24 years of age, who have aged out of the foster care system. The referenced youth represent a unique under-served population. Cincinnati Works in collaboration with Lighthouse Youth Services, ProKids, The Children’s Home, Hamilton County Department of Jobs and Family Services and Leadership Cincinnati implemented this process of : Job Readiness; Job Search; Job Retention and Advancement. The program consists of six workshops conducted over 18 months. Projected total enrollment in the program is 100 youth. The bulk of the funds are for counseling services for program participants. Other costs include: legal advocacy; curriculum development and materials; transportation; emergency food; childcare counseling and employer liaison.
Elementz: The Hip Hop Youth Arts Center ($108,500 Grant)
Elementz: The Hip Hop Youth Arts Center was opened in early 2005 and based upon a similar organization in Denver, Colorado called “The Spot.” Elementz works to empower young people in the downtown Over the Rhine area of Cincinnati by supporting the legitimacy and potential of the hip hop arts as a way for youth to learn and grow in a safe environment which emphasizes respect for property and for all people.
The Impact 100 grant of $108,500, paid over 2 years, allows for the implementation of Elementz’s strategic plan. The Impact 100 grant:
- Expanded the Center’s operating hours from 3 to 4 days a week and from 15 to 28 hours a week. The Center’s expanded hours are from 3-10 p.m.
- Added an additional 2 hours of staffing training per week.
- Maintained an average of 75 youth per night through publicity, new resources and expansion of programs.
- Increased enrollment in Power Players leadership program.
- Maintained 2 current partnerships and developed 3 new partnerships with community based organizations.