- Integration of career and workforce development programs is an essential component of community economic development.
- Expanding access to career development programs and employment support enhance workforce readiness. A skilled workforce is a critical element in poverty reduction.
- Most job training programs require participants to have a high level of proficiency in English which is a barrier to many adult immigrants. This is why millions of immigrant workers are routinely excluded from training programs that could allow them access to higher-paying and more fulfilling jobs. Without these programs, they are stuck in low-paying positions with little chance of mobility. A study from Working America Institute.
- “The Restaurant industry is the largest employer outside of the Government.” Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance.
- La Cocina VA provides culinary training to the unemployed members of the community to give them the opportunity to access better paying jobs. “We Are all Part of the Solution.”
- Hunger and obesity, nutrition and malnutrition, access to or lack of healthy food, sustainable food systems: these are issues that governments, civic leaders, agencies, nonprofits, and medical professionals are concerned about. “We Are all Part of the Solution.”
- Children who grow up poor compared to those raised in higher income families face a greater likelihood of lifelong health challenges, lower educational levels, lower earnings, and are at greater risk of becoming a teen parent – thereby repeating the cycle with their own offspring.
- Healthier food choices need to be offered in minority markets to prevent and reduce obesity and diabetes. To have access to fruits and vegetables, many low-income families must travel miles from their neighborhoods to the nearest store that provides healthier alternatives for their children.