SWD’s population served: As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we offer an educational experience, with seminars and certifications to enable disenfranchised, discouraged and justice-involved Kansas citians to reintegrate back into society as a skilled workforce. Our charter is to engage and help Kansas citians in the metro area, that fit this profile:
Age: 21 years and older.
Location: From Kansas City, Missouri within the 18 zip codes of the Troost corridor.
Gender: All gender identities.
Background: 18 and above adults, lack of skills, employment and housing opportunities.
Background: In August 2018, Strategic Workforce Development Inc. (SWD) was awarded a $50,000.00 grant from Missouri Department of Economic Development, to institute two iterations of the Social Survival Skills/ Hard-skills Certifications - OSHA 30/ Aerial and Forklift Training experience, in the second and third quarter of 2019. Our organization hosted two of these ‘experiences’ (hereafter described as ‘seminars’) as proof of concept for this educational model.
SWD also partnered with AIM 4 PEACE and serviced the victims of violence in Kansas City, MO by way of providing employment services and transportation.
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The team at SWD comes from a diverse group of Kansas citians, of different backgrounds, race and ethnicities. As a policy, we do not discriminate people based on different religion, genders, ethnicities, disabilities and sexual orientations. We have a fair and equal representation of demographics in our team and the people we serve.
Whether we call it soft skills or rather Social Survival Skills. We offer in-depth and 30 hours of intense seminars based on career development, emotional quotient and social navigation skills.
Throughout these classes we have Employers come in and give our students 'tips and job leads'. We also have luncheon classes, where we feed the students, all the while they are being coached on job retention and professional ethics and expectations.
SWD is associated with Builders Association, Carpenters Union, Painters Union, Non Union Contractors and Minority contractors to rebuild a trained workforce, to help train and employ our target beneficiaries with opportunities in the construction industries.
Another aspect of SWD is as a recruiter. We reach out to people, train them and make sure they are employed. Everyone is welcome to call us, set an appointment online and email us. We have around a 100 employers in our list that we help get them vetted candidates. Our vision "Where Opportunity Meets Potential" is verily what we do - find those gems in the realm of employment. Our Job is to be that resource for those who do not know how to navigate the world of employment and career development.
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