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Doris Ward Workforce Development, Employment, and Job Training
The “Doris Ward Workforce Development, Employment, and Job Training Program is a three month on-the- job training opportunity that is embedded with the National Coalition of 100 Black Women’s (SF) annual Golden Girl’s Hat and Gloves Tea. It works in collaboration with businesses and nonprofit organizations. The 2011 annual tea chairperson, Jackie Wright created the concept in 2013. It was renamed after the death of the First Black San Francisco Board of Supervisor’s President, Doris Ward, in 2018.
A maximum of seven individuals are presented with a three-month training and job opportunity. The training and learning time has been pre-event, during the event, and post event along with permanent, full-time assignments at local nonprofits and businesses.
The funds required to administer this project quarterly in alignment with the theme of the Annual Tea “Bridging the Generations” is an ongoing fundraising effort. The ideal program pool consists of two adults over 55, three high school to post graduate students, and two long-term unemployed adults under 55 (7 people total). The program is conducted quarterly with new participants recruited throughout the year (as funding commitments, recruitment, and opportunity allows).
Program participants learn about leadership, administration, public relations, media relations, community relations, general marketing, targeted-population marketing, writing advertisements, budgeting, event planning, customer service, and technology. In addition, they learn or enhance job readiness skills.
The program participants receive a minimum stipend of $25per hour each for a maximum of 20 hours per month. That’s $500 per month for each participant at $3,500; and a total of $10,500 per program period (quarterly). Guest Instructors receive a stipend of $500 and a budget of $3000 for the program period. The training workshops take place a minimum of 3 times a year.
The instructors of the training use the work around the development of the annual event as the basis for creating job assignments and lesson plans along with participant placements at nonprofits and local businesses. Instructors usually include NCWB members and industry leaders in every aspect of training. The guest instructors are pulled from the San Francisco State University Hospitality Board, and local public relations and marketing firms.
The service delivery of the program is currently being reviewed by its fundraising committee to extend or expand the program. The fundraising goal of $15,000 per quarter is required to administer the program.
As an added measure for additional training, the National Council on Aging Seniors Community Services Employment Program administered by Family Service Agency of San Francisco is reviewing the feasibility of participant referrals (a program that pays participants through their existing program). SCSEP pays unemployed and underemployed people the highest federal, state or local minimum wage for 20 hours a month to work with local nonprofits. Other state and federal programs are currently being researched as possibilities.
NCBWSF provides financial literacy workshops open to the community. At the currently time, we are developing a mentorship program that will implement the 4-part series for female students in middle school and for adult women. The format encompasses several important topics:
Money Management – Participants will learn to create household budgets and develop short-term and long-term savings plans and they are required to open savings accounts at a local bank or credit union.
Credit – Participants learn about credit scores and how to dispute negative items on their credit reports in order to improve credit score. Additionally, information is provided on how to track individual credit scores in a timely manner.
Real Estate Today and Investing for the Future – Participants learn about homeownership and the various loans that may are available for assistance with purchasing property.
Preservation of Wealth – Participants acquire knowledge on how to manage assets in such a way as to ensure that the value does not decrease or diminish. In addition, information on inflation, life insurance, retirement planning, long-term care, proper asset allocation, and estate planning strategies that help minimize the effects of taxes, exit and succession strategies from businesses, and tax-advantaged investments that are intended to maximize income while minimizing tax burdens will be provided.