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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.

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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Diversity Is Essential In STEM. Here’s How People Are Organizing ‘Good Trouble’ To Make A Change.

Calvin Mackie – Contributor

Workforce development is another area in STEM ripe for Good Trouble, Necessary Trouble. The consulting company McKinsey & Co. recently published a report entitled, “The Future of Work in Black America,” projecting that automation may disrupt 4.5 million jobs held by African Americans over the next 10 years. It is believed that automation which consists of Artificial Intelligence, machine language, and robots will replace low-wage, low-skill jobs in the near future. Many are afraid that the Covid-19 pandemic will hasten the shift to automation in the American economy.

Community-based workforce development and training programs must commit to providing trainees with skills for 21st-century jobs. Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America (OICA) is an organization committed to fighting the good fight.  “We must continue to fight for the change we seek – The State of Work in this country has and continues to change with evolving technologies. OICA and its network of Affiliates are responding to these changes.  As one of the longstanding and influential historical African American Workforce Development institutions in this country, we understand that we must be STEM-focused.

“Our network of affiliates works tirelessly to prepare people of color for sustainable jobs that lead to living-wage careers.  The Digital Divide is pervasive in the communities that we serve; as such, we seek to partner with STEM experts to develop scalable models focused on developing the entire pipeline from the cradle with 21st-century skills.  Our necessary trouble is blowing up the old model and embed STEM into the 31 Affiliates and communities we serve, across 21 states, and close the divide.” says James Haynes, President & CEO of OICA.

Read the full article here. https://www.forbes.com/sites/calvinmackie/2020/08/05/good-trouble-in-stem/

We’re hiring! – Pre-Release Manager

Job Title:                    Pre-Release Manager  

Supervisor:                Senior Program Manager

Salary:                        $60,000 + Competitive Benefit Package                

FSLA Status:             Exempt, Full-time Regular

Location:                    Philadelphia

Application Due Date: 09/12/2020

POSITION 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 have the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty, in support of 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.

The Pre-Release Manager serves as the liaison between correctional facilities staff and OIC affiliates implementing OIC of America’s SOAR re-entry program. They will provide overall management and monitoring of service coordination while connecting OIC affiliates with appropriate pre-release service providers as needed. This position will work closely with affiliate frontline staff and correctional staff to understand the needs of participants pre-release, develop and implement transitional plans, research and gather community resources/support, and develop partnerships with agencies and organizations to support the achievement of program outcomes.

They will also track program participants’ progress and provide reports to corrections as well as coordinate transitions of participants from state prisons and local jails into community. The Pre-Release Manager will be responsible for preparing monthly outcome reports to brief correctional staff and other stakeholders on the program’s progress. This role will require one to represent OICA within the Pennsylvania re-entry eco-system and participate in convenings, discussions, or similar platforms to build new alliances and partnerships that propel the work of the organization.

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We’re hiring! – Program Manager

Job Title:                     Program Manager  

Supervisor:                 Senior Program Manager

Salary:                        $60,000 + Competitive Benefit Package                      

FSLA Status:               Exempt, Full-time Regular

Location:                    Philadelphia

POSITION SUMMARY:  

OIC of America (OICA) is a nonprofit organization and the national office of a network of 34 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 have the opportunity to 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.

The Program Manager acts as a coach/technical assistance provider and serves as the liaison between OIC affiliates and OICA through our reentry program called SOAR. They will provide overall management and monitoring OIC affiliates program operations to include service delivery, partnership development, compliance, etc. This position will work closely with frontline staff and OICA staff to understand participants’ needs by analyzing data and building meaningful relationships with OIC affiliates. This role is unique, as this person will work with a graphic designer to generate social media elements that raise the SOAR program’s visibility. Such elements could include flyers, social media memes, or videos that tell stories about the program’s accomplishments. OICA’s Program Manager will be generating monthly outcome reports to executives and federal project officers. This role will require one to represent OICA as an expert within the reentry eco-system and attend future convenings, discussions, or similar platforms to build new alliances and partnerships that propel the institution’s work.

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Tune in to the Wall Street Journal’s “Community Conversations: The Impact of Re-Entry Programs” with OIC of America’s very own Lètitia A. Crippen

Re-entry programs across the country are helping people re-enter the workplace amid new challenges with Covid-19 and a tightened job market. Join Lètitia A. Crippen, Senior Program Manager for OIC of America, Caitlin Dawkins, Program Manager at FHI 360 National Institute for Work and Learning and Kerri Pruitt, Executive Director at The Dannon Project, as they discuss working with formerly incarcerated people to start new lives and the roles of communities and employers in that journey.

#reentry#philadelphia#oicofamerica#COVID19 To view this discussion on Thursday, July 23, 2020, at 1:00 pm EST. Please use this event link: https://www.wsj.com/live-qa/community-conversations-the-impact-of-re-entry-programs/8D9316C8-A19C-48A0-AACA-7444BB4D7001

Department of Labor funds OIC of America to serve 5000 returning citizens by 2023, with 2000 served in Pennsylvania

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 10, 2020

Philadelphia, PA.  – The National Headquarters of ‘Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America (OICA) of Philadelphia, PA.  For more than 55 years, OIC of America and its 31 affiliates in 21 states continue to offer proven programs and strategies that address the overlapping inequities and systemic disinvestment in communities of color. This investment by the US Department of Labor allows us to serve more people and prepare them for meaningful employment and a pathway to a career while providing additional supports that assist them with becoming contributing members of this society. Through this current opportunity, the OICA network will serve more than 2,000 participants who are currently or formerly involved in the criminal justice system in the following locations:

  • MN – North and South Minneapolis
  • FL – Broward and Miami-Dade Counties
  • PA – Philadelphia, Harrisburg, & Norristown
  • NC – Greater Rocky Mount 

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Happy JUNETEENTH from OIC of America

History of JUNETEENTH – https://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

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