Hampton Roads Workforce Foundation

One Region. One Workforce. One Economy.

Mission

The Hampton Roads Workforce Foundation (HRWF) is the 501c(3) affiliate of the Hampton Roads Workforce Council and the Greater Peninsula Workforce Board (GPWB). The HRWF’s mission, like that of its affiliate organizations, is to provide leadership; serve as a regional workforce development convener; and help guide the efforts of other workforce development organizations. No other entity in Hampton Roads has the mission to lead the regional workforce agenda and play a critical role in its implementation.

Ruling year info

2003

Director

Shawn Avery

Main address

999 WATERSIDE DR STE 1314

Norfolk, VA 23510 USA

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Formerly known as

Hampton Roads Workforce Development Corporation

EIN

20-2957424

NTEE code info

Employment Training (J22)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Vocational Counseling / Guidance / Testing (J21)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The HRWF was founded to fill the gaps in programming and services needed in the community that cannot be filled by WIOA Federal funds. The ability to use non-restricted funds allows the Hampton Roads Workforce Council to expand the scope and reach of its workforce development programs. This expansion is vital to the economic health and well-being of our region. The foundation’s flagship programs target veterans and youth because 47% of our veterans struggle to find jobs and 30% of economically disadvantaged students in Hampton Roads do not complete high school. Less than 50% of those who graduate continue their education.

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?

Hampton Roads Veterans Employment Center

Recognizing that one of our region’s strongest resources is our veterans, the HRWF is committed to advancing employment opportunities for Transitioning Service Members (TSMs), Veterans, and their families. The HRWC operates the Hampton Roads Veterans Employment Center (HRVEC), a “high touch” customer friendly Center in Norfolk where individualized professional assistance is available to assist TSM’s with the development and implementation of an individual employment plan. Additionally, the Center provides personalized, in-depth financial planning guidance led by a financial planning expert. The Center's reach is augmented with a virtual portal, known as the Veterans Career Compass.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

The NextGen Pathways Program provides career guidance, financial literacy and workplace readiness training to youth ages 14 - 24 in the Hampton Roads region.

NEXTGEN Programming includes:
• Teaching Better Money Habits and Financial literacy workshops are delivered using various approaches including a live action version of the board game "The Game of Life" as well as using a "reality store." As part of its program, we enlist community volunteers as guest speakers at each workshop as well as industry professionals to provide in-depth financial coaching to participants.

• Connecting young people/teens to first time work opportunities. In addition to regular job search and preparation provided on a walk-in basis at our Youth Career Center, the annual NextGen Opportunity Fair and Youth Career Expo connects close to 3,000 youth to employment and volunteer opportunities with over 100 companies, agencies and non-profit organizations.

• Assisting clients with high school and college matriculation and graduation. through "Life After High School" events and "College Nights" featuring speakers from area institutions of higher education. Lastly, Center staff provide assistance in preparing comprehensive college and financial aid plans. These exercises help college bound customers to choose a school, identify costs and prepare the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application.

• Providing Skill Development and Job Training and hosting career immersion programs in a variety of fields including Finance, Engineering, Chemical Science, Automotive Technologies, Telecommunications, Advertising and the Arts just to name a few. The staff teaches courses in workplace ethics, one of the most important of the soft skills employers seek, and hosts job clubs throughout the program year.

• The Pathways to Opportunity Program, which connects students with tutors and career mentors in their classrooms on a weekly basis. Pathway’s students complete detailed career and college plans, develop financial literacy skills, and engage in hands-on immersive learning opportunities such as building engineering machines and developing electrical circuits.

• The NextGen Regional Internship Program, which partners with local businesses and organizations to provide a 180-hour paid internship experience to disconnected youth and young adults ages 16-21. These youth face barriers to entering post-secondary education or the workforce including offender status, homelessness, enrollment in foster care, being pregnant or parenting, receiving free or reduced lunch in school, or having a disability.

Our NEXTGEN Pathways Program serves over 5,000 youth each year, over 80% of which go on to college and/or obtain unsubsidized employment.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adolescents
Social and economic status

There is a significant paradox within the workforce development system in the Hampton Roads region, with thousands of individuals and families living in or near poverty while thousands of high-paying employment opportunities go unfilled. The Workforce Council's Targeted Talent Pipeline Program is a strategic initiative dedicated to bridging this gap through the convening of employer partners and dedicated talent development approaches tailored to the needs of a specific industry.

Population(s) Served

Campus757 is the first to develop a centralized hub connecting students with employers and tastemakers throughout the region. We inform and guide students with programs and resources to launch their careers, establish a home base in Hampton Roads and leave a lasting impact in the community. Our mission is to work harmoniously with local universities and corporations to retain and develop young professionals in the Hampton Roads region. We are building a community for students to excel professionally post-graduation by providing access to career resources, internships and job positions across industry sectors. We enlighten students with the region’s diverse social happenings, so they feel connected to the community and compelled to continue writing their story in Hampton Roads.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Where we work

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 clients placed in internships

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

Adolescents, Young adults, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The 2020 Cohort was reduced in size due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

The Hampton Roads Workforce Foundation, formerly known as the Hampton Roads Workforce Development Corporation, a 501(c)(3) organization with 509(a)(1) public charity status, is established to receive assets to implement policies that complement and support goals of the Hampton Roads Workforce Council. The Hampton Roads Workforce Foundation enables the organization to implement programs that cannot be funded with federal funds or where such funds are insufficient to cover the entire program cost. The Hampton Roads Workforce Council, which is in the final stages of merging with its counterpart on the Peninsula (the Greater Peninsula Workforce Board), serves as the regional leader of workforce development. It ensures the strategic alignment of efforts that facilitate meaningful employment and economic growth in the fifteen cities and counties of Hampton Roads, while excelling at the delivery of business, workforce, veterans and youth funded services. It seeks to develop and implement a system that prepares the existing and emerging workforce to meet the needs of the current business community, attract high quality employment to the region and support new, high-growth, innovative enterprises.
Specifically, we seek to: (1) lead stakeholders in the creation and implementation of a common regional workforce development strategy that has tangible employment and economic growth results; (2) be recognized as the regional workforce development knowledge leader and provide valuable labor market information, models and best practices to job seekers, employers and stakeholders (3) deliver effective workforce development services through funded programs with excellence and ensure their alignment with the common regional workforce development strategy; and (4) ensure strong organizational health including a high performing staff and robust funding.

1) lead stakeholders in the creation and implementation of a common regional workforce development strategy that has tangible employment and economic growth results; 2) be recognized as the regional leader in workforce development knowledge and provide valuable labor market information, models, and best practices to job seekers, employers and stakeholders; 3) deliver effective workforce development services through funded programs with excellence and ensure their alignment with the common regional workforce development strategy; and 4) ensure strong organizational health, including a high-performing staff and robust funding.

The Hampton Roads Workforce Foundation utilizes the professional staff of the HRWC for financial management that encompasses best practices and internal controls – measures such as requiring dual signatures on checks, a separation of duties, and process documents mandating a series of reviews and approvals before expenditures are incurred. Final approval rests with the President/CEO and the Chair of the Foundation for all expenditures. Additionally, the HRWF and the HRWC contract with an external, independent accounting firm for annual fiscal audits. These controls have resulted in clean audits for the HRWF and the HRWC for many years. All required Federal and State regulatory reports of the HRWF have been punctually submitted and are current. Copies of past annual fiscal audit reports are available upon request.

As a fiscal agent, the Hampton Roads Workforce Foundation can receive contributions from private companies, government entities, and grant‐making organizations, allowing it to disburse available funds to training partners based on the achievement of metrics as determined by an advisory board to the program or the Hampton Roads Workforce Foundation Board of Directors.

The staff of the Foundation, through the HRWC, has extensive experience soliciting and managing funds from a multitude of sources, establishing funding contracts, monitoring the progress of funded programs, and maintaining necessary reporting mechanisms. Over the past five years, the Hampton Roads Workforce Foundation has maintained and administered over $2.5 million in private, community and corporate contributions and grants.

Successful projects that utilized the HRWF as the fiscal agent include:
The HRWF serves as the fiscal agent for private businesses and non-profit organizations to provide paid internships to teens and young adults through the NextGen Regional Internship Program. Businesses and other organizations provide a $2,000 sponsorship for each intern, and the HRWF directs those funds to enable payments to the interns. The payments account for a $1,440 academic stipend and cover other administrative necessities, such as background checks, drug testing and worksite injury insurance. To date, the HRWF has managed over $300,000 for this project.

The HRWF serves as the fiscal agent for the Hampton Roads Veterans Career Compass (HRVCC), a three-year, $500,000 project funded by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. The Compass is an online platform to provide direct connections between employers and veterans or transitioning service members. An extension of the Hampton Roads Veterans Employment Center, the custom-configured portal streamlines the job seeker and employee recruitment experiences – specifically targeting the military community. The Foundation continues to provide the fiscal oversight for this project.

In 2020, the HRWF partnered with the Shipbuilding Pre-Apprenticeship Program administered by Tidewater Community College to act as the fiscal and administrative agent for a paid internship element newly added to the curriculum. The partnership allows the Foundation, through the staff of the NextGen Regional Internship Program of the HRWC, to provide all fiscal and administrative processes needed for the students to intern in shipbuilding/repair. The budget for this project is anticipated to grow to $240,000 per year. The HRWF is in the process of generating additional donations and sponsorships to support this effort.

The HRWF served as the fiscal agent for the Maritime Industrial Base Ecosystem (MIBE) Rapid Workforce Gap Assessment conducted in 2019-2020. This assessment was conducted by ESOP Advisors Inc., on behalf of MIBE through a $412,500 grant to the Foundation from The Old Dominion University Research Foundation.

Financials

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Hampton Roads Workforce Foundation

Board of directors
as of 3/16/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Delceno Miles


Board co-chair

Mark Johnson

Delceno Miles

The Miles Agency

Mark Johnson

Truist Bank

Donald Goldberg

Goldberg Consulting, LLC

Dudley Harris

Bay Electric Co., Inc.

Andrew Hodge

Union Bank & Trust

D. Johnson

Merrill Lynch

William Nusbaum

Williams Mullen

Charles McPhillips

Kaufman & Canoles

John Olson

ECPI University

Shawn Avery

Hampton Roads Workforce Council

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/15/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data