State of the Workforce in Chicago

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The workforce in Chicago is both shrinking and aging, but the labor participation rate has increased, according to recent reports. While the former is worrisome, the latter is a positive reflection of the fact that the city is creating jobs at a higher rate than it was before. Since there are seemingly more available jobs,

Chicago Based Start-up, Solve, Improves Social Capital and Solves Employment Barriers for Over 4,000 Job Seekers from Underinvested Communities in Chicago

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Chicago, IL: Solve’s collaborative network platform for cities connects systematically underemployed jobseekers in Chicago with over 200 social services and employers, improving the social capital of candidates through a referral system. The platform allows job candidates to work directly with nonprofits after completion of what Solve calls a barrier survey, which takes data points on

Matt Strauss of Solve was interviewed on Bootstrapping in America

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Solve is a one-stop-software to help people overcome all the barriers to employment by connecting residents from underserved communities to jobs & resources. They believe that everyone has a powerful story – Solve’s software works to make those stories come to life by increasing the job candidate’s social capital overnight to unlock their fullest potential.

Crain’s 20 in their 20s

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Matt Strauss grew up in Wilmette, where professionals have no problem networking their way to new jobs. Mentoring at tech incubator nonprofit I.C. Stars, Strauss discovered that some job seekers on the South and West sides—particularly those with criminal pasts or gaps in employment, or without housing or transportation—don’t have that ability. Strauss found research

Chicago’s Youth Need Social Capital Too

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Opportunity youth are Chicago’s future. Organizations such as Purpose Workforce Solutions and Ignite (Formerly Teen Living Programs) have realized the importance of coming together in order to change the narrative of Chicago. For far too long, workforce development organizations operated in silos, but with leaders such as Chazle Woodley of Ignite and Chris Thomas of

Adam Hecktman at Microsoft

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Microsoft’s director of technology and civic innovation, Adam Hecktman, says we’re all looking to make this city a great place to live and work. The best part about Solve is the ability to track every referral, interaction and impact on a client. Solve gives people a 360 degree vision of clients, so that they can

Connecting Non-profit Organizations with Solve

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Harrison Horan is the founder of ReWork Training, a nonprofit that teaches people how to sell software, and then gets them jobs selling it. ReWork Training is one of more than 3,500 nonprofits in Chicago. Harrison is delighted that there is now a platform, Solve, where all of these nonprofits can communicate with each other,

Changing the Narrative: South Loop to South Shore

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University of Chicago, South Shore Chamber of Commerce, Teamwork Englewood, and Bright Star Community Outreach’s Greater Bronzeville Neighborhood Network team up with Solve to bring together and Change the Narrative of the entire South Side. Opportunities are the solution. For far too long, South Side residents have lacked access to larger networks that increase their

Changing the Narrative by Derrick Rowe, Owner of Mabe’s Deli

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FEATURE CONTACT: Derrick Rowe 773-406-7756 contact@mabesdeli.com www.mabesdeli.com The owner of Mabe’s Deli, Derrick, was born and raised in Chicago. As a member of law enforcement for twenty-two years, including eight years in the Chicago police force, Derrick has noticed a lot of things that goes on in the South Side of Chicago. Specifically, he realized

Bandwidth Poverty, Barriers to Employment and Potential Solutions

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Here’s a new term for you to think about: “bandwidth poverty”. What do you suppose this term means? Xavier Ramey, the founder of Justice Informed and advisor to Solve, recently brought “bandwidth poverty” to my attention and my team has been using this term ever since to motivate us in our work. In this blog post, we’ll dive

LaSalle Network Connecting with Solve

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Tom Gimbel is the founder and CEO of LaSalle Network, a staffing and recruiting firm that works with thousands of companies. Touching on thirty different markets across the country, while concentrated mainly in Chicago, LaSalle Network has partnered with Solve in order to easily meet the demand and place candidates into suitable jobs. Gimbel explained