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,

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

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

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