by: Janet Guthrie, Corridors 2 Careers Project Manager, Ramsey County
Special thanks to Corridors of Opportunity where this story first appeared on December 14, 2012
On a cold December 4th evening, over sixty people gathered on Central Corridor to celebrate the launching of the Corridors 2 Careers Project.
Corridors 2 Careers, a partnership between Ramsey County and the District Councils Collaborative of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, is funded as a pilot through the regional Corridors of Opportunity initiative, with funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”), and from the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative and McKnight Foundation. Corridors 2 Careers is focused on connecting Central Corridor residents who are unemployed and underemployed, and Central Corridor employers to local workforce resources with an aim to improve local hiring and support.
The event was the first introduction of the seven “Career Connectors”— core to the Project—who have been hired to reach out to residents and strengthen connections to and knowledge of work-related training and resources. The Connectors will be engaging residents over the next nine months, with a special emphasis on five geographic communities along Central Corridor: Frogtown, Summit-University, Skyline Tower in Union Park, Glendale Townhomes in Prospect Park, and Cedar-Riverside. Workforce professionals located in the Central Corridor will assist residents in community learning sessions about effective job search strategies, skills inventories, skill requirements of jobs, free training resources, and building on career aspirations.
Participants at the launch event gathered in groups to map out community assets in these geographic communities, such as community organizations, schools, and institutions, to strengthen connections and awareness of what already exists in these communities. Food from local restaurants – Que Na, Afro Deli and Cupcake – was savored, as was the warm hospitality of Episcopal Homes.
Already making connections at the meeting—including community members who volunteered their support—the Connectors are eager to contact and engage residents who can benefit from the Corridors 2 Careers effort. For more information on the community outreach and the Connectors, call Karyssa at (651) 528-8165.