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Strategic Workforce Development Inc.

Where Opportunity Meets Potential

aka SWD   |   KANSAS CITY, MO   |  www.strategicwfd.com

Mission

SWD is workforce driven, provides career coaching, vocational education, recruitment, and employment opportunities services. Our beneficiaries are justice-involved adults (16+), women, discouraged populations, and mid-level workers in the Greater Kansas City area. SWD provides skilled career trades, jobs in 7 sectors of employment with a focus on financial stability and job shadowing. SWD has job development professionals, who apply a holistic approach to helping the mission population to find work, with in-depth solicitations of their client's age, lifestyle, career goals, and employment approach

Notes from the nonprofit

Strategic Workforce Development Inc is a 501 (c) 3 Pre-apprenticeship Training, Fire Hire Policy and Employment Service Non-Profit Organization. We the board and founders have within our work experience as job developers and previous experience in the Non-Profit world team have come together with a vision in forming this organization. We have within these six years (2018-2022) successfully navigated our organization, to be a leader in the workforce industry. We have also successfully employed 700 plus people from our communities and continue to do so.

Ruling year info

2018

President/Founder

CEO York O Wilson

Vice President/Founder

VP Anjou Durga Giri

Main address

111 West, 10th St

KANSAS CITY, MO 64105 USA

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EIN

83-1332123

NTEE code info

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Transportation (Free or Subsidized) (P52)

Employment Training (J22)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

SWD's mission is to help the disadvantaged, discouraged, re-entry population and mid-skill workers get job certifications and training, employment services and with it, earn liveable wages. We address the employability need of our 'mission populations', what they lack, their traditional and non-traditional barriers to being a proactive citizen and securing their families' needs. Through our services, we want to give them opportunities to be hired without bias, discrimination, second chances and respect. SWD also looks at hiring practices that need to change, workforce needs and how we can best give a hand up over a handout to people we serve.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Build It KC

We provide employment readiness skills or soft skills, coach, cognitive therapy, and provide job attires to our clients. We are partnered with a community educational institution to give hard skill training and job licenses and certification to further employment readiness. After that, we provide employment and do job shadowing for a year.
We provide vocational education with certifications, provide employment, career development to our mission people, and offer retention services.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people
Incarcerated people

We provide Job trained certifications, provide employment readiness classes and life skills, employment, transportation or bus passes and clothes to our clients.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

Where we work

Awards

Rise Up, Get Started 2020

Determined Inc

Affiliations & memberships

Aaron Levitt Foundation 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of job skills training courses/workshops conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Men and boys, Adults

Related Program

Build It KC

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Between 2019 and 2022. SWD has had 7 job skills training classes.

Average number of job interviews per client

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Multiracial people, Economically disadvantaged people, Incarcerated people

Related Program

Job to career track services, employment and training services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients passing job skill competency exams or assessments after completing course

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Incarcerated people, Unemployed people, Veterans

Related Program

Build It KC

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Average number of service recipients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Incarcerated people, At-risk youth, Unemployed people, Veterans

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These are the number of candidates who entered our construction and workforce preparation program and graduated successfully, as well as people we provided employment services were successfully hired.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SWD aims to lift the barriers that hamper financial stability, provide employment opportunities and create an able workforce for the city and state. The goal is to steadily be that 'friend and mentor' guiding our mission people through their problems and inadequacies, address them professionally, and ensure 'everyone is employed at all times. Our vision of 'where opportunity meets potential' gets fulfilled with jobs that pay well. We will have trained, EQ and AQ-ready folks that need steady employment and employers will have a ready workforce, and they will not have losses every time, they lose a worker through lack of skills or the right mindset.

Pre-apprenticeship Program - 120 hrs, 3 weeks of Social Survival Skills program, Hard-Skills Certification, On-The-Job Training, 4th week - Employment and job leads. We have on-board external and internal recruiters liaison with employers, to ensure our candidates are employed.

Scope of Work and Performance Standard

1. Identify participants of the Build It KC Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program for Strategic Workforce Development Inc aka SWD from the greater Kansas City area.
2. Workforce Development and employment services
3. Provide Hard skill certification training and workforce development for participants Build It KC Program, including, but not limited to:

a. Identifying participants’ strengths, interests, and skills through On- the -Job Training and Social Survival Classes, utilizing classroom interaction, fieldwork and supervisor assessments and instructor assessments.
b. Connection to appropriate job skills training opportunities.
c. Soft skills training (e.g., receiving supervisor feedback, conflict management, reliability), with student daily journals and pre and post-test assessment.

Performance Standard for Build It KC program

4. Provide a quality Pre-Apprenticeship Program for participants of the Build It KC Program.

a. Provide OSHA or other Hard-skill certifications relative to the Allied Trade Construction industry.
b. Apprenticeship Training with Carpenters Union and Painters Union.
c. Employment opportunities with development projects.
d. Employment opportunities with other sector industries not limited to Warehouse, Construction, Food and Beverage, Environmental Services, Call Center, etc.,
e. Job Shadowing for a year.

5. Provide Supportive Services for clients and Build It KC candidates

a. Provide training opportunities and development programs.
b. Appropriate work clothes related to employment PPE wear
c. Access to Healthcare Services through partner organizations
d. Bus passes and transportation services if necessary
e. SWD Job Club ensures that candidates and clients can always find employment through us.

6. Online Job Board for employers, which allows them to be registered with us and find candidates for employment through 5 different job boards like Indeed, Zip Recruiter, Hero, Linkedin, and social media. Registered employers also get access to all our clients in our database.
7. Bi-annual job fairs.

We have three staff members who work in the office.
We have a working board of 9 members.

We get funded by the Department of Labor and Higher Education, hold bi-annual Job Fairs, have fundraisers, and have a few paid (employers) recruitment services.

We launched SWD in August 2018, from then to date 2022, we have employed over 700 people all across the metro, with 70 % retention on jobs. People who received hard skills training certification were given employment services and have been successfully employed.

Our employment data shows 1/3 re-entry, 1/3 veterans and 1/3 mid-skilled people we have serviced. Out of these 80 % are African Americans, 10 % Caucasians and the rest are Hispanic and of mixed races.

The year 2022, has been successful for SWD in terms of receiving more funding from the City, State and the Federal government. SWD has been recognized and certified as a Pre-Apprenticeship Training organization by the Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development. This has allowed SWD train more mission clients and others from KCMO greater areas in the construction field. Our choice to train people in the construction field has been designed as a way to give more trade skills, better wages and exposure to various types of construction workforce.

SWD has trained 36 individuals between 2021 June to June 2022. 32 of these candidates have been employed in the construction industry and with the Allied Trade Unions.

Over the years SWD has partnered with 150 employers, have created a platform for employers to recruit our mission and other folks through an online job board, which is there in our website www.strategicwfd.com. Our online platform is a job board, in which our employers are registered with us and have access to putting their employment vacancies in 5 external job boards, which given maximum exposure at low cost, and have access to all our client data for employment as well.

SWD has bi-annual job fairs and which is always a big event for both SWD employers and other employers, as well as for all people in our community looking to find employment.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Strategic Workforce Development Inc.

Board of directors
as of 05/16/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Chair Edward Bell II

www.strategicwfd.com

Term: 2022 - 2026

Theodore Houdek

Romond Holt

Jordan Ayala

York O Wilson

President

Edward Bell II

Chair

Michael Sykora

Treasurer

Anjou D Giri

Secretary

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/16/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data