WORKPLACE CENTER RECOGNIZED FOR ROLE IN HELPING FOSTER YOUTH GET JOBS
In 2018, the Center for Social Policy and Practice in the Workplace (Workplace Center) shared in the kudos for an innovative project with public sector, nonprofit and academic partners in Rhode Island—creatively named Works Wonders™. Funded by the Children’s Bureau/ACF, Works Wonders™ was spearheaded by the Providence-based nonprofit Foster Forward.
Works Wonders™ received the Innovations in American Government Award from the Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School in recognition of its success in providing foster care youth with the skills and support they need to connect with the world of work. The Rhode Island initiative was the unanimous choice of the selection committee because of its groundbreaking evidence-informed and developmentally appropriate approach to career services that provided young people in foster care with peer support, career path planning, the opportunity to learn the concrete and soft skills needed to get and keep jobs, and hands-on work experience.
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