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Contiuum of Support

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Aaron Cooper

on 12 May 2016

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Transcript of Contiuum of Support

ISDA's Continuum of Support
Creative
Community Development
Economic Participation Civic Engagement

Workforce & Economic Development
as Force Multipliers

Multiple Wins from the Same $
Some Background
Mid 1980's: Open Pit Copper Mine Closes
Ajo has been in Perpetual Recession for 30+ Years
Unemployment Twice that of Urban Centers - 14%
Only 55% of Working Age Adults in Labor Market
"There is plenty of work, just not enough jobs."
Workforce Development
Economic Gardening
ABE - GED Classes
KEY CONCEPTS
Remove Barriers to Employment
Accessible Classes
Life Skills & Expanding Horizons
PARTNERS
Modeled After Tucson Las Artes Program
Pima County Community College
Local Public School District
Youth Agriculture Internships
KEY CONCEPTS
Young Adults working with Regional Food Partnership
High School Students/Grads, GED Students/Grads
Paid Internship Program
Pre-employment (Responsible, Dependable Employees)
FUNDING & TOOLS
U.S. Department of Agriculture Community Food Project
Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
United Way of Tucson & Southern AZ
Successful KickStarter Campaign
Apprentice to Journeyman
Maintenance Repair
Key Concepts
Open to Anyone 18+
Registered Apprenticeship Program
3-year 4,000-hour Commitment
Multi-trade - Handyman Skill Set
INNOVATIONS
Utilizes Area Handymen As Instructors
Making Dollars Work Twice
Mentor Connection
Work Into Jobs Connection
FUNDING & TOOLS
Community Services Block Grant (Federal-County)
Pima County Outside Agency
National Bank of Arizona
INNOVATIONS
Job Club & Work Study Component
Community Advisory Council
PARTNERS
Individual Growers and Groups
Health Clinic
Local School District
INNOVATIONS
Making Connections With Mentors
Turning Work Into Jobs
PARTNERS
Area Handymen and Contractors
State Apprenticeship Office / DOL
Other Apprenticeship Programs
FUNDING & TOOLS
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - Rural Innovation Fund
Private Foundation Funding - Ford Foundation; ArtPlace America
Home Repair Funding - CSBG, CDBG, HOME
IDA - Matched Savings Account
Key Concepts
2:1 Match for New or Expanding Micro-enterprise
Account Max $6,000 (4k match)
Used for durable equipment
INNOVATIONS
Business Cohort Approach
Peer-to-Peer Education Model for New Businesses (in development)
PARTNERS
Catholic Community Services: Pio Decimo Center
National Bank of Arizona
FUNDING & TOOLS
Match Funding from Partner Organizations
Business Support Center (In Development)
KEY CONCEPTS
Centralized Access to Business TA & Resources
Focus on Access to Markets Through Web-based Platforms & Fulfillment Services
FUNDING & TOOLS
Border Communities Capital Initiative - HUD, USDA-RD, CDFI Fund
PARTNERS
Local Chamber of Commerce
Local Artists & Farmers Market Vendors
TA Providers
INNOVATIONS
Simultaneously Building the Market & Local Capacity for Sharing Technical Expertise
Financial Survival Skills Workshops
KEY CONCEPTS
Shared Experiences & Peer Support Leading to Changed Behavior
PARTNERS
Southwest Center for Economic Integrity
Other Border Communities
FUNDING & TOOLS
CEI Developed Curriculum
Rose Foundation
Freeport McMoRan Foundation
INNOVATIONS
Peer Support Model for Changed Behavior
Using Cundina / Tanda to Focus on Saving
34% of Population at or Below Poverty Level
SNAP / AHCCCS
Application Assistance

VITA
Site

Utility Assistance
LIHEAP

Home Repair Assistance
Supportive
Services

Aaron Cooper

International Sonoran
Desert Alliance

aaron@isdanet.org

520 387 3570
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