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Real-world, on-the-job training is a critical component for HopeWorks students

Aisling Maki | The Daily News “HopeWorks, Businesses Give Hope Through Internships” A number of local businesses are offering hope to the city’s chronically unemployed in the form of internships that provide real-world, on-the-job training. The program is coordinated by HopeWorks, a 22-year-old nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping poor and chronically unemployed Memphians find steady work. Students enroll for 13 weeks in the program, which uses a holistic approach that includes daily classes, counseling, mentoring, community meals, computer training, job interview preparation, GED preparation and much more. “The internship piece is a pretty critical piece,” said Ron Wade, executive […]

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Letter to the Editor: A Second Chance is Worth the Risk

The Commercial Appeal Click here to see the full story. Questions have been raised recently about the logic of hiring ex-felons for jobs throughout the Memphis area. Although no one would argue that crime should ever be tolerated or repeated, a larger picture needs to be considered. To automatically reject a person who’s made poor choices in the past and never allow them to get off of the mat may not be in the best interest of our city. A good employer shouldn’t feel pressure to hire individuals just because they do or don’t have criminal backgrounds, but rather because […]

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Organizations in Memphis are helping the chronically unemployed/underemployed

Christopher Sheffield | Memphis Business Journal “Synergy’s goal is developing good work habits in chronically unemployed/underemployed” Training someone to weld, solder electronic components or work on a production assembly line are all vital job skills. But for a segment of the population battling addictions or just poor work habits, where it’s an accomplishment to simply hold a job or learn to manage conflict in the workplace, such efforts would be misguided. There were 65,600 Shelby Countians deemed chronically unemployed and underemployed at the end of 2009, according to research firm Younger Associates. Several organizations in the Memphis area work to […]

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