Our Workforce Development and Social Enterprise model is key to the long-term success of our young adults. UTEC’s growing social enterprises offer our young people opportunities to learn industry-speciﬁc skills as well as the job and life skills required to excel in any workplace.
These programs would not be nearly as extensive or as effective, however, without our friends at Bank of America, whose Charitable Foundation has continued to provide direct support of economic mobility for young people in our Workforce Development and Social Enterprise programs. Thanks to this crucial support, our social enterprises are able to achieve a triple bottom line:
- provide positive youth development, along with paid work experience for young adults in programming;
- generate earned revenue to directly support our mission; and
- support the community by purchasing materials locally and working with local community partners.
Today, all three of our Social Enterprise programs – Mattress Recycling, Food Services, and Woodworking – are expanding, generating new sources of revenue, and, increasingly, turning into pathways for future employment. Thanks to other corporate partners, such as Whole Foods Market and Keiver-Willard Lumber Corp., our youth are now moving on from our social enterprises directly into workplace internship programs which often lead to full-time employment.
Thanks again to Bank of America for investing in our young people and helping to make a lasting difference! Our corporate partners are critical to the “social and economic success” that leads to economic mobility for young people in our communities.
Source: Lowell Sun