ERIC Number: ED467891
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May
Reference Count: N/A
Structures of Opportunity: Developing the Neighborhood Jobs Initiative in Fort Worth, Texas.
Despite its high employment rate, the Near Northside Neighborhood of Fort Worth, Texas, has a median income more than 40% below the citywide level. In 1999, the Near Northside Partners' Council (NNPC) became one of five centers for the national Neighborhood Jobs Initiative Demonstration. After extensive planning, the Neighborhood Jobs Initiative started full operation in Fort Worth's Near Northside in 2000. The Initiative is using a place-based approach to addressing the intermingled issues of culture, work, and intergenerational poverty by relying heavily on a network of cooperating community organizations with different specialties, including the Tarrant County College. The Initiative's initial objective has been to bring the level of adult employment among the heavily Latino neighborhood's residents to the level of the surrounding region over a period of several years while simultaneously working to increase the wages and quality of neighborhood residents' employment. Other areas on which the Initiative is placing special emphasis include encouraging more women to enter training and employment, improving residents' English, meeting the need for workers with computer skills, and managing the evolving program in a manner permitting quick response to new opportunities. As of mid-2001, the Initiative's APEX (Achieving Program Excellence) program had served roughly 200 people (about 2% of the neighborhood's population). (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Community Colleges, Community Development, Community Organizations, Cultural Differences, Demonstration Programs, Education Work Relationship, Employed Women, Employment Level, Employment Programs, Hispanic Americans, Job Development, Job Training, Neighborhood Improvement, Partnerships in Education, Place Based Education, Poverty, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Quality of Working Life, School Community Relationship, Womens Education, Working Poor
Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, 16 East 34 Street, New York, NY 10016. Tel: 212-532-3200; Web site: http://www.mdrc.org. For full text: http://www.mdrc.org/Reports2002/nji_structures/nji_structures_ful lreport.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Sponsor: George Gund Foundation, Cleveland, OH.; New York Times Co., NY.; Open Society Inst., New York, NY.; Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC.; Ambrose Monell Foundation, New York, NY.; Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.; Alcoa Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Grable Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA.; Surdna Foundation, Inc., New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Manpower Demonstration Research Corp., New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: Texas (Fort Worth)