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SER Jobs for Progress National, Inc. HQ

Cultivating America’s Greatest Resource: People

aka SER National   |   Irving, TX   |  http://www.ser-national.org

Mission

SER National’s mission is to formulate, advocate, and implement initiatives that will result in the increased development and utilization of America’s human resources, with emphasis on the needs of Hispanics, in the areas of education, training, literacy, employment, affordable housing, business, and economic opportunity.

Ruling year info

1971

President and CEO

Mr. Ignacio Salazar

Main address

100 E. Royal Lane, Ste. 130

Irving, TX 75039 USA

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Formerly known as

Project SER

EIN

85-0197752

NTEE code info

Employment Training (J22)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

For generations, minorities and other disadvantaged individuals have not had equal access to quality education and well paying jobs. The vision of SER Jobs for Progress National Inc. is to enable the Hispanic community, other ethnic groups, and "hard to serve" populations to fully participate in America's socio-economic mainstream, enjoying equal access and parity in all aspects of American society.

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?

Senior Community Service Employment Program

SER National is in its 15th year of operating the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) for the U.S. Department of Labor. SER SCSEP provides training opportunities for over 3,000 seniors, aged 55 years and older who have low employment skills in eight states across the country. SCSEP helps train or retrain seniors for employment, primarily in the nonprofit sector. Participants come from all walks of life, have diverse work experiences and possess various levels of education.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Veterans

SER—Jobs for Progress National, Inc. (SER National) operates three Early Head Start-Child Care centers in partnership with Dallas Can Academy and the Grand Prairie Independent School District. The partnerships serve 72 infants and toddlers by providing high-quality, comprehensive services to low-income families, including many teen parents.

During its 54-year history of providing services to low-income individuals, SER National has developed and maintained partnerships with local entities and national corporations and foundations that facilitate the raising of the 20% match required by the grant. SER National has operated a youth program for Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas through which it has gained experience in accessing funding from the State of Texas’s Child Care Assistance program. SER National’s relationship with Workforce Solutions allows it to access Head Start-eligible children through the area’s workforce centers (America’s Job Centers).

SER National and its partners implement an innovative, culturally relevant, and developmentally appropriate bilingual care and early school readiness program for vulnerable, and mostly English Limited Speaking infants, toddlers, and their families. The goal is to deliver high quality services through a continuum of comprehensive child development and family support services that enhance the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of participating children, support parents’ efforts to fulfill their parental roles, and help parents move toward self-sufficiency. The program maintains full compliance with Texas Minimum Standards and Texas Guide for Infants and Toddlers. The leadership team works strategically and systematically towards the full implementation of Early Head Start and Head Start Performance Standards, and the National Academy for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Program Standards.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Families

SER National operates SER STEM, which provides robotics instruction with the intent of showing high school students the possibilities of pursuing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) college majors and STEM careers.

SER STEM targets disadvantaged students, including students with disabilities. Students are challenged to solve engineering problems, raise funds, design a team "brand," work on team skills, and compete with other teams.

Students participate in the STEM Career Expo and a STEM Challenge at the SER National Annual Conference, which provides STEM fun, prizes, and hands on learning experiences.

The goal of the program is to establish a year-round approach to encourage disadvantaged and underrepresented students to enroll in college STEM courses by using a hands-on approach. Over time, we expect more minority and low-income students enroll in and graduate from college with STEM majors and then proceed to obtain high-demand STEM jobs that pay meaningful wages.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Ethnic and racial groups

SER National is implementing a national women’s entrepreneurship program entitled SER Mastering and Understanding Jobs and Entrepreneurship Relationships—SER MUJER—to encourage and support aspiring women entrepreneurs. SER MUJER collaborates with the U.S. Small Business Administration to support their work in the entrepreneurial field. Our partners are providing financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and business development training to women.

In 2021, General Motors awarded a grant SER National to continue the SER MUJER Program. The program has helped women with entrepreneurial dreams achieve those dreams. The program provides the opportunity for women to empower themselves via entrepreneurship training and development, with a particular emphasis on Latinas and women of color. The program’s full coursework, offered in traditional workshop settings in Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles, is available both online and via a mobile app.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

In 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded a grant to SER National to implement the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) in four counties in California. NFJP helps low-wage farmworkers attain skills through recognized training programs so that they may obtain living-wage jobs and begin new careers.

SER National has opened new offices in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties to serve farmworkers in those areas. Our local affiliate organization, SER Jobs for Progress-San Joaquin Valley, operates NFJP in Santa Barbara and Imperial Counties.

Population(s) Served
Farmers

SER Negocios is our new entrepreneurship program aimed at disadvantaged individuals of all genders, people of color, and military veterans. It has locations in Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles and Fresno, CA, Denver, CO, and Albuquerque, NM. Up to 4,000 individuals receive training on how to prepare for and launch a new business.

SER Negocios is funded by a $1.25 million grant from Wells Fargo as a part of their Open for Business/Technical Assistance initiative to help entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Population(s) Served

SER National was chosen by AWS (Amazon Web Services) as one of a handful of partners—and the only Hispanic nonprofit—to recruit and enroll participants in this AWS cloud services training program. Upon completion, graduates will be eligible for high-paying jobs in the cloud industry.

Population(s) Served

SER National is partnering with the Cisco Networking Academy, Cisco’s largest and longest-running Corporate Social Responsibility program. The program provides hands-on training for individuals seeking Cisco certifications in such topics as the Internet of Things, Linux, and Cyber Security, which lead to high-paying jobs in IT roles.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Women
Men
Social and economic status
Ethnic and racial groups
Women
Men
Social and economic status
Veterans
Ethnic and racial groups
Women
Men
Social and economic status
Veterans
Ethnic and racial groups
Women
Men
Social and economic status
Veterans

Where we work

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.

SER-Jobs for Progress National, Inc., (SER National) is a national, private, nonprofit organization making a positive impact on families across America. Since its inception in 1964, SER has addressed the needs of economically challenged individuals in education, job skills training, literacy, and employment. SER's ultimate goal is to place its program participants into permanent, unsubsidized, and productive employment. SER National aims to develop the capacity of the SER network through the provision of technical assistance, research and planning, program and policy development, and fundraising.

Since 1964, SER has been a safety net for the disadvantaged. There are many success stories too numerous to mention here. Some highlights include:
• Expansion of online job training through the SER website.
• Continued growth of the YouthBuild program into new areas of the country.
• We continue to train, retrain and help seniors find employment through the Senior Community Service Employment Program or SCSEP.
• Special programs continue to make a big difference in the lives of women of all ages. SER MUJER, offers an excellent opportunity for entrepreneurship to many participants and helps prepare Latinas in the field of technology.
• Affordable housing has been made available to people who otherwise may not have it.
• By working with or operating one-stop centers and partnering with workforce agencies, affiliates are better able to meet the needs of the communities they serve.
• SER National has made STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education a priority.

For 54 years, SER National has successfully provided crucial services to the underserved and underrepresented populations with special emphasis on Hispanics. SER National oversees a network of affiliates in more than 200 cities in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the District of Colombia. Through its extensive network, SER serves over 1,200,000 individuals each year. SER National is best positioned to serve its target population due to our established operational base, deep community relationships and outreach, and the earned trust among community members. In addition, SER National has established credibility among its stakeholders, managing private, public, and foundation contracts and grants with excellent performance. SER National's educational record of accomplishment is extensive and includes collaborations with school districts across the nation, colleges and universities, as well as with all levels of government (city, county, state, and federal).

Our programs are about economic development. With SCSEP, senior citizens are placed in jobs, which increases incomes and economic security. With SER MUJER we help female entrepreneurs start their own businesses and achieve financial freedom. In Early Head Start, we work with infants and toddlers when their brains are still forming and, with interventions, help them succeed academically and emotionally, which makes it much more likely they will succeed in life. With Propel Robotics, we provide teens with a fun way to experience STEM success and see opportunities for STEM careers that pay well. SER National provides most of its services in both English and Spanish, reflecting the fact that Hispanics are fast becoming the largest ethnic group in the U.S.. There is a multiplier effect. The increases in employment and/or college enrollment result in increased earnings. Among all participants, we expect decreased dependency on public support, lower crime rates, and less domestic violence.

Financials

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SER Jobs for Progress National, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/24/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Hector Flores

League of United Latin American Citizens

Hector Flores

LULAC

Jane C. Garcia

AGIF

Jackie Puente

Comcast

Eva Garza-Dewaelsche

SER Metro Detroit

Frank J. Archuleta

AGIF

Ruben Barrales

Wells Fargo & Co.

Yisel Cabrera

Ford Fund

Manuel G. Escobar, Jr.

LULAC

Maria Garcia-Cacique

AGIF

Maria Ferreira-Bedard

Southeastern Massachusetts SER-Jobs for Progress

Shameeka Marie Gonzalez

LULAC

Delma Gorostieta

LULAC

Juan Aurelio Lopez

LULAC

Felicita Lugo

AGIF

Jesús Padrón

SER-Jobs for Progress San Joaquin Valley

Laura Quintana

Cisco Systems

Jeff Rios

General Motors

Sylvia Rubalcaba-Crockett

AGIF

Mirtha Villarreal-Younger

AGIF

Jessica Quintana

Centro CHA

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/12/2023

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
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, 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