The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced grants totaling $11.6 million in support of two pilot study programs aimed at increasing employment, workforce mobility, and family economic security.
Grants totaling $5.95 million were awarded through the Supporting Transitions to Employment for Parents (STEPS) program to seven community-based organizations working to change conditions for low-income parents and their children. Grant recipients include the Albany Community Action Partnership; Brighton Center Inc. in Newport, Kentucky; the Family and Workforce Centers of America in St. Louis; Goodwill Industries of Central Michigan's Heartland in Battle Creek, Michigan; Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region in Tacoma, Washington; the Jane Addams Resource Corporation in Chicago; and the United Way of Greater Cincinnati.
And grants totaling $5.7 million were awarded through the Mobility and Opportunity for Valuable Employment by Upskilling Parents (MOVE UP) program to an additional seven organizations that are partnering with employers to provide parents in low-wage, entry-level jobs access to training programs, career development assistance, and work supports such as child care and transportation. Grant recipients include the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) in Oakland, California; STRIVE International in New York City; the Healthcare Career Advancement Program (H-CAP); the Metropolitan Career Center (MCC) in Philadelphia; Project QUEST in San Antonio; Towards Employment in Cleveland; and Southwest Organizations Unifying Resources for Community and Employees (SOURCE) in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
"All parents deserve the opportunities and training to obtain good jobs, advance in their careers, and provide financially secure homes for their children," said WKKF president and CEO La June Montgomery Tabron. "We believe working with these fourteen organizations and their supporting partners in the community will provide greater access to safe, quality jobs and the skills and training to help parents earn a family-sustaining income and increase the opportunities for their children to succeed in school and in life."