Partnerships among nonprofits, and between for-profits and nonprofits, are among the best innovations that are driven by in tough economy. The benefits include cost efficiencies, revenue opportunities for nonprofits, more sustainable nonprofit organizations, and better services for communities in addressing vital issues in education, healthcare, and economic development. We collaborate with government programs and other nonprofits in the community to provide services we are unable to offer (food, transportation, clothing, financial planning, etc). These community partnerships help support our students for a greater impact and greater success.
Progress Richmond is an example of a Stride Center community-based partnerships program designed to attain peak performance for Richmond residents with high barriers to employment through a collaboration of organizations already serving targeted neighborhoods in Richmond. Progress Richmond utilized and deployed 3 primary poverty reduction strategies:
- Richmond-focused career training, career coaching and job placement at The Stride Center;
- Richmond-rooted collaboration with seven core community partners;
- Industry/employer partner relations development with local employers; and
- Job creation for Richmond residents in entry level jobs and ReliaTech internships.
With the support of Chevron the collaboration provided linkages and networks that allowed residents to directly access employment opportunities. Progress Richmond is designed to improve social well-being through capacity building with a unique collaboration model of Richmond-focused services. The program achieved the following:
Seven collaborative partners addressing the following obstacles:
- developing relevant job skills to increase employability;
- provide job search and interview skills that create independence and confidence around landing employment;
- maintain a stabilization base during the skill-building period with continuous supportive services and build networks to peers and businesses that provide supportive contacts for sustained career growth.
Progress Richmond resulted in approximately 50 enrollments to The Stride Center training and employment program from 7 collaborative referral partners: Rubicon Programs, Inc., Richmond Children’s Foundation, Opportunity West, RYSE Center, Wardrobe for Opportunity, Niroga Institute and Contra Costa County EHSD. In addition, The Stride Center will match with 50 more slots available for Richmond residents.