BACK TO WORK 50+: Women's Economic Stability Initiative

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Grantee Information 

Federal Award: $3 million over 3 years (2014-2016)
Focus Area: Economic Opportunity
Geographic Focus: Greater Austin area; Greater Albuquerque area; Brevard County, Florida; Greater Gainesville Area; Greater Santa Fe area

AARP Foundation’s BACK TO WORK 50+ model connects employers and training providers with unemployed or underemployed workers age 50 and over to create a pipeline of trained, prescreened, qualified workers.  AARP Foundation is working in close partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges to implement the BACK TO WORK 50+ model in select communities around the country.

This model focuses on increasing measurable outcomes for low-income women 50+ related to the critical interplay between training for and obtaining a job with family-sustaining wages and building the financial capability to make sound decisions that reduce debt, rebuild savings, and pave the way to greater financial stability.


Colleges Receiving Social Innovation Fund Awards from the AARP Foundation

Austin Community College
Eastern Florida State College
Jefferson State Community College
Miami-Dade College
Santa Fe Community College

 


Austin Community College
Austin, Texas
Area Served: Greater Austin area
Initial Award Amount: $113,074

Over the course of three years, Austin Community College plans on providing core services to 280 people with the goal of obtaining work for 240 people, which is the ultimate outcome to be achieved. Austin Community College serves the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan service area.

Eastern Florida State College
Cocoa, Florida
Area Served: Brevard County
Initial Award Amount: $152,255

Over the course of three years, Eastern Florida State College plans on providing core services to 280 people with the goal of obtaining work for 80 people, which is the ultimate outcome to be achieved. Eastern Florida State College serves the Brevard County area.

Jefferson State Community College
Birmingham, Alabama
Area Served: Greater Birmingham Area
Initial Award Amount: $152,683

Over the course of three years, Jefferson State Community College plans on having 520 individuals participate in information sessions, providing core services to 280 people with the goal of obtaining work for 30% (or 84) people, which is the ultimate outcome to be achieved. Jefferson State Community College serves the Greater Birmingham region, which includes considerable rural populations.

Miami-Dade College
Miami, FL
Area Served: Miami-Dade County
Initial Award Amount: $163,414

Over the course of three years, Miami Dade College plans on having 520 individuals participate in information sessions, providing core services to 280 people with the goal of obtaining work for 30% (or 84) people, which is the ultimate outcome to be achieved. Miami Dade College is the largest community college in the nation and the program will take place at its North Campus, which is located in an area that is primarily low-income with tremendous diversity (namely African-American and Hispanic).

Santa Fe Community College
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Area Served: Greater Santa Fe area and parts north
Initial Award Amount: $187,506

Over the course of three years, Santa Fe Community College plans on providing core services to 248 people with the goal of obtaining work for 240 people, which is the ultimate outcome to be achieved. Santa Fe Community College serves Santa Fe County and surrounding Native American Pueblos (Nambé, Picuris, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso San Juan, Santa Clara, Taos and Tesuque).  Because New Mexico is a rural state, the college anticipates even more participants 45-50 miles from locations such as Taos.

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