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Philadelphia Inquirer Highlights OICA

The Philadelphia Inquirer is one of Philadelphia’s most prominent publications in the nation’s 6th largest city. OIC of America is happy to announce their recognition of our efforts to impact the lives of not only Philadelphians but of citizens throughout the US.

“We’re not mass-advertising this. We’re more the quiet storm. We are trying to make people aware that we are able to transform lives. That’s what we do,” shares President James Haynes in the article.

To view the article click the link below

https://www.inquirer.com/business/phillydeals/oic-leon-sullivan-jobs-philadelphia-americ-20210510.html

OIC of America Awards General Motors

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Shonique Banks, Director of Partnership

Phone: (215) 236-4500 (w), (973) 803-2349(c)

Email: sbanks@oicofamerica.org

Website: www.oicofamerica.org

Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America Honors General Motors with the

2021 Leon H. Sullivan Social Justice Award

Philadelphia PA: On April 23, 2021, at 1:00 pm, Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America (OICA) presented General Motors (GM) with the 2021 Leon H. Sullivan Social Justice Award, for being a trailblazer for social justice and the first Fortune 500 company to install a Black man on to its board, the late great Rev. Dr. Leon H. Sullivan. The virtual event was a culmination of twenty days of tributes to Rev. Dr. Leon H. Sullivan’s life and legacy.

Dr. Sullivan was a man who rose to national prominence having played a pivotal role in the downfall of apartheid and founded the OICs National Network of Affiliates became the first African American on the Board of Directors at GM. The reunion of GM and OIC of America could not come at a better time says James Haynes President & CEO of OIC of America. “As we pay our respects in remembrance of Rev. Sullivan 20 years after his passing – we acknowledge and appreciate his bold vision for a world without limits for Black people.  The connection with GM and OIC goes back several years as they were willing to work with our founder to bring about livable wage employment opportunities for Blacks and other people of color as he served on their Board of Directors.  We support GM’s work in inclusion, equity and diversity and are prepared to once again partner with them in putting America back to work and securing livable wage employment opportunities for people of color.”

“We are honored to receive the Leon H. Sullivan Social Justice Award from the Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America, Inc. (OICA) organization,” said Ken Barrett, global chief of diversity at General Motors. “At GM, we are focused on highlighting the creation of skills-based hiring opportunities and are committed to increasing the variety of highly skilled talent at our company. We recognize that there are many pathways to achieve this goal and are proud to work with valued partners like the OIC, to honor Rev. Sullivan’s legacy of education, community and service.”

Background – OIC of America (OICA) is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides leadership, technical assistance, and service alignment across a nationwide network of 31 affiliates in 19 states. OIC’s affiliates serve youth and adults, including currently or formerly incarcerated individuals and those who have been historically underserved in education and training programs. Founded in 1964 by Dr. Leon Sullivan, our mission is to provide high-quality services that will enable economically disadvantaged and unemployed people of all races and backgrounds to become productive, more fulfilled community members. By providing comprehensive services in four key areas: Education, Economic Development, Healthcare, and Community Development, thousands of participants break the cycle of poverty through our efforts and theirs, creating a more just society.

To view the replay CLICK THE LINK BELOW

https://youtu.be/ll5wxrWHSzg?t=940

OIC of America to honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Leon H. Sullivan

WRITTEN BY: Ayana Jones – THE PHILADELPHIA TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

April 17, 2021

It’s been 20 years since the passing of Rev. Leon H. Sullivan and the impact of his accomplishments is still being felt throughout Philadelphia and beyond.

With that in mind, Opportunities Industrialization Center of America Inc. (OIC) will celebrate Sullivan’s impact with a “Moving Mountains” tribute April 23 at 1 p.m.

Sullivan founded OIC of America in 1964 to address the lack of education and job training programs available to minorities in Philadelphia so they could prepare themselves and become part of a highly skilled workforce.

“We felt that this was a unique opportunity for us to talk about what’s happened in 20 years — to sort of go back and help people to understand his contributions and accomplishments within the country as well as his impact and influence in helping to bring down apartheid in South Africa,” James Haynes, OIC of America president and CEO, said of the organization’s tribute to Sullivan.

“In my opinion, he’s a giant and he doesn’t necessarily get the credit or just rewards for all the things that he did.”

Born in Charleston, West Virginia, Sullivan died in April 2001 at the age of 78. He moved to Philadelphia in 1950 and became the pastor of Zion Baptist Church at the corner of Broad and Venango streets until his retirement in 1988.

Sullivan opened Progress Plaza in 1968. It was the first African-American-owned shopping center in the U.S.

The civil rights leader organized the “Selective Patronage” campaign, pulling together 400 ministers and their congregations to boycott major companies that refused to hire Blacks.

In 1971, Sullivan became the first African American to join General Motors’ board of directors. Sullivan served on GM’s board until 1991, when he took his fight against racial injustice international. His Sullivan Principles played a key role in the downfall of apartheid.

During the upcoming tribute, OIC of America will recognize General Motors with a trailblazer award for appointing Sullivan to their board of directors.

“We’re going to recognize GM for their social consciousness of that era,” Haynes said.

“The country was going through a racial awakening arguably in the ‘70s that kind of started in the late ‘50s and sort of found its way into corporate boardrooms.”

The award will be accepted by GM’s Global Chief Diversity Officer Ken Barrett.

OIC of America will also highlight when Sullivan was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award that the American government can give, by President George H.W. Bush in 1991.

During the event, U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans, D-Pa., who was influenced by Sullivan’s philosophies, will participate in a Fireside Chat. He will discuss Sullivan’s work and impact.

While OIC of America’s tribute will highlight Sullivan’s legacy, it will also focus on addressing what the workforce development organization has been doing to remain relevant. During the pandemic, some of the organization’s affiliates helped provide food to people and were instrumental in helping those who were laid off find new employment.

“We want to spend some time talking about our mission and the kind of the things that we are doing: from food security to our ability to put people back to work,” Haynes said.

“The U.S. has a problem with putting people back to work. But we think that OIC and its network of affiliates is the answer to that because we provide wraparound services. We provide training and support people need when they are on the job.

“We’re not just talking about jobs for the sake of jobs,” he said. “We’re talking about jobs that lead to what will be considered sustainable living and moving people from poverty to the middle class. Economic development is kind of our focus and being a workforce development agency, there’s a lot to do and we take what we do very seriously.”

To RSVP for the upcoming virtual event, visit Facebook.com/oicofamerica

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Our Right to Vote is Under Attack!

In our pursuit for equity and inclusion in this country, generations of Black Americans have fought and died for our right to vote.  The freedom to vote and have our voices heard in selecting our political leaders is fundamental to our way of life and represents the cornerstone of our democracy.  However, we must acknowledge that there are those amongst us who are working to undermine our democracy.

Recently, the Georgia Legislature announced new laws that we believe are designed to suppress the vote for their citizens. We also believe these efforts are especially targeted at Black and Brown people and we see them for what they are, an attempt to keep Black and Brown people from voting.  Voter suppression efforts have been in motion now for several years, with several states calling for changes that are also designed to suppress the vote; unless we take a stand and do not let it happen.  We view these actions as an attack on our democracy and believe them to be un-American and we must take actions to ensure we protect our right to vote.  

We ask you to join us in advocating with your Legislators to vote yes “For the People Act of 2021”. Please review a summary of the Act below – https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/1 .

For the People Act:
– This bill addresses voter access, election integrity and security, campaign finance, and ethics for the three branches of government.

– Specifically, the bill expands voter registration (e.g., automatic and same-day registration) and voting access (e.g., vote-by-mail and early voting). It also limits removing voters from voter rolls.The bill requires states to establish independent redistricting commissions to carry out congressional redistricting.

– Additionally, the bill sets forth provisions related to election security, including sharing intelligence information with state election officials, supporting states in securing their election systems, developing a national strategy to protect U.S. democratic institutions, establishing in the legislative branch the National Commission to Protect United States Democratic Institutions, and other provisions to improve the cybersecurity of election systems.

– Further, the bill addresses campaign finance, including by expanding the prohibition on campaign spending by foreign nationals, requiring additional disclosure of campaign-related fundraising and spending, requiring additional disclaimers regarding certain political advertising, and establishing an alternative campaign funding system for certain federal offices.

– The bill addresses ethics in all three branches of government, including by requiring a code of conduct for Supreme Court Justices, prohibiting Members of the House from serving on the board of a for-profit entity, and establishing additional conflict-of-interest and ethics provisions for federal employees and the White House.

The individual policies of “For the People Act” are powerful but as a package, they are transformative and will advance a more racially equitable, inclusive democracy.

Please join us in denouncing any suppressive voting laws in the states where we operate by contacting your local State Political Representatives asking them to vote yes “For the People Act of 2021”.  The Bill has already passed in the House of Representatives and is being sent to the Senate where we already know there will be a battle, so please reach out to your Congressmen and Senators asking them to vote yes “For the People Act of 2021”. 
 
– James C. Haynes, President & CEO, OIC of America

Comcast Newsmakers-Job Training During The Pandemic with James C. Haynes of OIC of America

Through its programs, OIC of America has trained more than 3 million people who now have the skills they need to advance careers and change their futures. James Haynes the President and CEO of OIC of America discusses the organization’s history, training programs and voter engagement opportunities.

 #OICAMovingMountains  #OICA2021 #OICJOBTraining #OICEducateElevateExpand

Recorded February 10, 2021

https://comcastnewsmakers.com/Videos/2021/2/19/Job-Training-During-the-Pandemic?autoPlay

OICA Celebrates Black History Month

Today, OIC of America will begin a month-long salute and reflection of the many contributions African Americans have made to the rich fabric that makes up The United States. The OIC of America network celebrates the legacies and gifts made by African Americans all year long. However, Black History Month is the one month that we reflect on and remember African-Americans’ life-changing contributions from the past and present-day as a nation.

On this first day of Black History Month, we invite you to explore and celebrate Black Americans’ central role in shaping American history and their extraordinary contributions to the world. OICA will showcase Black excellence in the upcoming weeks- the beauty and complexities of being Black in America and beyond. We hope that you will join us on this journey. 

Ride To Work LLC and Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America are on a Mission to Make Transportation Accessible for 1000 Marginalized Workers in 2021

A synergistic collaboration of values and missions

Philadelphia PA: Ride To Work LLC (RTW) announced an exciting new partnership with OIC of America (OICA). This partnership will align Ride To Work’s transportation management services with OICA’s mission of workforce development for people in the reentry sector and other marginalized populations in OICA’s national network.

OIC of America will serve as the fiscal agent for Ride To Work in this joint initiative. The pilot seeks to raise a minimum of $3 million to subsidize transportation for up to 1000 adversely impacted and marginalized workers in the Southern Eastern Pennsylvania area. This initiative will help fill supply chain/warehouse jobs, and others, that are not easily accessible by public transportation.  The Philadelphia initiative represents a model of deployment that can be replicated in other cities. 

“We are committed to implementing creative solutions in helping our program participants, and the communities they live in, achieve economic independence.  One significant barrier, among many in marginalized communities, is reliable and safe transportation to and from places of employment outside of the inner city.  We believe this transportation solution with RTW will fundamentally change people’s lives—getting them to and from living-wage jobs.  We are extremely excited to be partnering with the RTW team, who’s mission and values align with ours,” says James Haynes, President & CEO of OIC of America.

“We are honored to partner with OIC of America. Their work and mission over 50 years are in alignment with the work of Ride To Work. Providing better access to jobs is essential to the work and mission of both organizations. This partnership will provide Ride To Work a national footprint that will be invaluable to OIC of America’s affiliates,” adds Tim Styer, President & CEO, Ride To Work LLC. 

Providing better access to jobs is essential to the work and mission of both organizations. This partnership will provide Ride To Work a national footprint that will be invaluable to OIC of America’s affiliates,” adds Tim Styer, President & CEO, Ride To Work LLC. 

About Ride To Work:  Ride To Work is a transportation management company assists workforce development provide solutions for adversely impacted and marginalized workers with barriers to employment. Our transportation model fosters collaboration with Philadelphia’s robust network of workforce development agencies, employers, and governments.

Background – OIC of America Background – OIC of America is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides leadership, technical assistance, and service alignment across a nationwide network of 31 affiliates in 19 states. OIC’s affiliates serve youth and adults, including currently or formerly incarcerated individuals and those who have been historically underserved in education and training programs. Founded in 1964 by Dr. Leon Sullivan, our mission is to provide high-quality services that will enable economically disadvantaged and unemployed people of all races and backgrounds to become productive, more fulfilled community members. By providing comprehensive services in four key areas: Education, Economic Development, Healthcare, and Community Development, thousands of participants break the cycle of poverty through our efforts and theirs, creating a more just society. For more information, please visit oicofamerica.org.

Don’t miss OICA’s Fireside Chat with Tamika D. Mallory and Rev. Dr. Roger Mitchell Jr.! Register Today!

Join us on December 18th at 12:00 pm EST for our Fireside Chat with the one and only Tamika D. Mallory and Rev. Dr. Roger Mitchell Jr. in a timely discussion that aims to leave us all energized and inspired. Together, we will seek to understand what 21st-century activism looks like by tracing its historical roots to uncover the myriad connections between those efforts and our modern-day advocacy on behalf of returning citizens and communities of color affected by racial injustice across the country.

Discover the role you currently play in the movement toward equity and justice; reaffirming dignity, reallocating opportunity, and redistributing resources to compassionately equip our community members with the tools to contribute to and transform society for the better. We are being tasked to rise to the challenges and possibilities of the present moment in order to achieve meaningful reform. Let’s renew our collective commitment to the only pathway forward- People, Purpose, and Passion! 

Register for the Fireside Chat and Awards Ceremony here!
Submit questions for Tamika D. Mallory and Rev. Dr. Roger Mitchell Jr. here!


And remember to use the hashtags #SOARwithus and #OICA2020 when posting on social media about the event.

Happy Veterans Day from OICA

Veterans Day is certainly a good time to honor those brave men and women who served this country representing all military  branches.   Thank you for your  sacrifice snd bravery in protecting our individual and collective freedoms.  


We would also ask those that can, please  pledge to do something for those who have served this country only to find on most nights nearly 40,000 veterans are classified as homeless.

Thank you in advance!

OICA IS HIRING!

Job Title: Partnership Manager

Supervisor: Director of Partnerships

Salary: $60,000 + Commission (Full Competitive Benefits Package after 1 full- year of service)

FSLA Status: Exempt, Full-time Regular

Location: Remote/ Occasionally In-Office in Philadelphia, PA

ORGANIZATION SUMMARY:

OIC of America (OICA) is a nonprofit organization and the national office of a network of 31 workforce development organizations spread across the United States.  Our mission is to provide underserved communities with the tools and support needed to overcome barriers to economic opportunity.  We envision a world in which all people are contributing members of their families and communities.  Through their efforts and ours, our participants can break the cycle of poverty, and aid to creating a more just and equitable society.  OICA provides job and life skills training and matches our graduates with the employment needs of local businesses.  Our organization and broader network have trained over 2 million people nationwide over the past 50+ years.

POSITION SUMMARY:

OICA is seeking a Partnerships Manager to build strategic relationships with key stakeholders that can support the signature programs, including the SOAR reentry project. The duties of the Partnerships Manager include working closely with OIC affiliates across multiple cities to help connect them with key stakeholders and resources that are available in their local business, workforce, and reentry ecosystems.

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