The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded Southwest Solutions a $1.7M, two-year grant to support and grow its Earn + Learn program that provides job training and numerous support services to chronically unemployed and under-employed individuals so they can acquire good-paying jobs in high-demand occupations.
This next two-year phase of Earn + Learn is called “Earn + Learn 3.0,” as the program continues to expand and refine its services. Earn + Learn 3.0 will serve more than 450 people, providing work readiness, job training and job placement, as well as access to financial literacy, adult education, small business training through ProsperUS Detroit, and other services to promote economic stability and self-sufficiency. Those served will be residents of Detroit, Highland Park or Hamtramck and will include returning citizens, at-risk youth (18-26 years old), and low-income, lower-educational-level adults.
The job training opportunities include construction, technology, manufacturing and health services. Those opportunities are provided by partner organizations, including Focus: Hope.
The Kellogg Foundation grant will also enable Earn + Learn 3.0 to provide training and education to four groups of employees at their particular workplaces in order to enhance the employees’ skills and knowledge base so they can be better equipped to advance within their respective companies. The participating companies include Sakthi Automotive, My Locker and Renaissance Logistics.
The Kellogg Foundation has been a key funder for Earn + Learn, having provided $2M in funding for the program prior to the new award.
“We are excited about our continuation grant with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and appreciative of its partnership and belief in Earn + Learn,” said Hector Hernandez, Executive Director of Southwest Economic Solutions. “The mission of the Kellogg Foundation dovetails with our own in that we share a commitment to equitable opportunity, working closely with communities, and empowering individuals and and families to access promising career pathways, accumulate assets and achieve finance independence.”