A group of Avondale community organizers has launched a new initiative to put more Avondale residents to work.
Spearheaded by local clergy, The Avondale Job Seekers Movement seeks to address issues many job seekers face.
One of the problems many job seekers face is not having the skills employers are looking for. During a kickoff dinner this week, job seekers were introduced to support programs aimed at teaching individuals skills that are in demand.
The kickoff dinner attracted an overflow crowd. Pastor Ennis Tate says this large turnout depicts Avondale's high unemployment rate.
"There are at least 40 percent of people that are unemployed," said Tate in regards to the Avondale community. "When you look at that number we know that impacting that number will change the quality of life in this community."
Tate attests that the Job Seekers Movement isn't just a one-time program. Rather, it is a continuous effort.
"An ongoing piece of [the program] is tracking," said Tate. Tate says that tracking the companies that hire is important to the program's well-being. After hiring an individual that has attended a Job Seekers Movement session, companies can see more opportunities to hire more individuals in the program.
"We're going to always have people to pull from and we're going to do our best to find more companies to come into our community to hire based on the skill sets that we are finding as well as the need for those companies."
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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