ERIC Number: ED452394
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
In the Driver's Seat: Five Local Directors Reflect on Their Time at the Helm of the National Bridges to Work Demonstration. Field Report Series.
Reardon, Christopher, Ed.
This book describes how it felt to run the Bridges to Work demonstration, as told by five project directors at the five organizations. Information on the project directors and an introduction appear first. Section 2 reports that the project directors still largely agree with the strategy of reverse commuting--identifying job-ready adults in selected urban neighborhoods, helping them find jobs close together in the suburbs, and giving them rides to and from work. Section 3 discusses these difficulties in identifying potential employees: scarcity of qualified participants, competition from urban employers, unattractiveness of some suburban jobs. Section 4 addresses one recurring concern centered on the prospect that inner-city workers, most of them members of a minority group, might face discrimination in the suburbs. Section 5 discusses problems with collaboration when partner organizations expected to assist with recruitment, transportation, and support services appeared to lose interest in or feel threatened by the project and how project directors solved these problems. Section 6 describes how random assignment weakened projects' relationships with potential participants and partner organizations. Section 7 highlights lessons learned related to transportation, recruitment and placement, discrimination, collaboration, and random assignment. Appendixes include site descriptions and contact information. (YLB)
Descriptors: Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Demonstration Programs, Employment Opportunities, Employment Services, Inner City, Job Placement, Program Implementation, Racial Discrimination, Suburbs, Transportation, Urban Population
Public/Private Ventures, Communications Department, 2000 Market Street, Suite 600, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Web site: http://www.ppv.org/index.html. For full text: http://www.ppv.org/content/reports/driversseat.html. For full text: http://www.ppv.org/pdffiles/driversseat.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Public/Private Ventures, Philadelphia, PA.