Employment Appointments on Monday and Thursdays only. 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Strategic Workforce Development

 "Where Opportunity Meets Potential"

Mission statement

Making a Difference and Impacting Lives



 SWD is located in the Greater Kansas City Area.  We are a 501 C3 Nonprofit organization that provides career coaching, vocational education  and employment opportunities. Our beneficiaries are justice involved adults (18 years and up) and disadvantaged populations in the Greater Kansas City area that want a second chance for meaningful reintegration into society.  SWD is staffed by a diverse group of Kansas City  professionals (community outreach experts, life skill coaches and mentors) with a  first hand experience dealing  with the justice involved individuals. We provide skilled workers to employers while reducing recidivism in the metro space. SWD applies a holistic approach to the workforce through in-depth solicitations with their clients' lifestyle, career goals and employment approach.  SWD is funded through an investment from state of Missouri Department of Economic  Development.  Future funding streams will include corporate sponsorships, grants and fundraising opportunities.  

"A community that sees so clearly its own disadvantage or its own hardships also has a harder time seeing its potential: its ability to work together to change the community and change their lives "-  Matthew Desmond



SWD Values: based on the theme of F.R.I.E.N.D  

F: Family: Stability is created through families, whether at home, at work or in the community.  No man is an island and establishing a family is critical to survival.


R: Redemption:  Everyone deserves a second chance.  Overcoming emotional and financial barriers means getting a fair shot at redemption and securing a rightful place in Kansas City society.


I: Integrity:  Friendship requires a consistency in morals.  There is no ‘on and off’ switch for Integrity; we do the right thing even when no one is looking. 


E: Ego-less: Friendship cannot truly launch without a healthy dose of humility.  A humble adult is modest, teachable and thoughtful in actions and words.


N: Nurturing: The behavior and traits of friendship require emotional and spiritual, attention.


D: Dedication:  Friends follow through and are present through the ups and downs of life.  Dedication is a Life Skill that can be taught; it can atrophy or it bloom.

"Our greatness has always come from people who expect nothing and take nothing for granted - folks who work hard for what they have, then reach back and help others after them." Michelle Obama



Every year we hold successful quarterly JOB FAIRS  with and for Councilman Brandon Ellington 3rd District Council-at Large. Our community partners join us on this effort to make these fairs successful and to reach out to the public at large. We  invite all those looking for employment opportunities to attend our job fairs.  An important mention here is that we have a wide range of employers with us and many of whom are gracious and believe in giving second chances to our target  re-entry population.


  • Easy to apply here (online) or visit our Job Fairs
  • Direct Hire Employers
  • Legitimate and reputable employers 
  • The Job Fair also has both Temp and Permanent Jobs
  • A wide variety of jobs for felons, suited for different skill sets
  • Felon-friendly employers 
  • Free access to apprenticeship programs with the Carpenters, Painters Union and Builders Union
  • We give out bus passes to those who do not have transportation
  • We have employed served over 300 people between 2018  till date Aug 2019. We hope to add more by the end of the year.

Community Partner Booths

  •  G.Y.R.L.S Please  domestic violence support organization
  •  The Grooming Project trains people to become pet groomers



  •  Aaron L. Levitt Social Entrepreneurship Changemaker Challenge 2019
  • Determination Inc.,  Rise Up, Get Started Entrepreneurship Challenge 2019


Please fill out this form if looking for employment through SWD. Email it workforce@strategicwfd.com

Employment Application Form (docx)


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