New Toolkit Published Enables Community and Business Leaders to Improve Education and Workforce Readiness for Young People

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Corporate Voices for Working Families, United Way Worldwide, and Workforce Strategy Center, have released a new toolkit to assist community leaders in creating beneficial and sustainable partnerships with business.

National and local business leaders play a critical role in supporting community efforts to create a prepared, innovative and competitive workforce

Corporate Voices for Working Families, United Way Worldwide, and Workforce Strategy Center, have released a new toolkit to assist community leaders in creating beneficial and sustainable partnerships with business.

The toolkit, titled, Supporting the Education Pipeline: A Business Engagement Toolkit for Community-Based Organizations, provides lessons on how community leaders can identify potential business partners, set realistic goals, and create partnerships for long-term success to ensure that all youth are ready for college, work and life.

“National and local business leaders play a critical role in supporting community efforts to create a prepared, innovative and competitive workforce,” said Stephen M. Wing, President of Corporate Voices. “At Corporate Voices, we are committed to providing both community and business leaders with the tools, like this toolkit, they need to engage each other successfully and create a more skilled and prepared workforce for their community.”

The toolkit breaks the business engagement process into clear, definable steps with suggested activities community leaders can undertake to launch an effective initiative, grow support for existing work, or launch a campaign to establish and maintain effective business partnerships.

"Business engagement is vital to ensuring that our nation's young people are equipped with the 21st century skills and competencies needed to successfully enter the workforce" said Brian A. Gallagher, President and CEO of United Way Worldwide. "United Ways have a long history of partnering with the business community to support education goals - most notably in early childhood education with Born Learning, a public engagement campaign. This toolkit leverages that early work to equip community-based organizations with the tools they need to garner business support throughout the education pipeline - from cradle to career."

The toolkit includes a companion website, which is a clearinghouse of tips, tools, resources, and examples of techniques education, youth development, and other non-profit organizations have used to create partnerships with business.

"This toolkit is an important step in laying the foundation for our next generation of workers,” said Julian L. Alssid, Executive Director of Workforce Strategy Center. “We are entering a new era when it is crucial to have the groups who are educating our youth working hand-in-hand with the businesses who will ultimately hire those young people and the toolkit will help facilitate that process.”

Corporate Voices and United Way Worldwide are both members of the Ready by 21™ National Partnership who are working with local leaders in education, business, government and community organizations to help ensure that all youth across the education and talent development pipeline are ready for college, work and life.

For a copy of the toolkit and companion website, please visit: http://www.corporatevoices.org/businessengagement.

For more information on Corporate Voices, United Way Worldwide, Workforce Strategy Center and Ready by 21, please visit the following websites:
http://www.corporatevoices.org
http://www.unitedway.org/worldwide/
http://www.workforcestrategy.org
http://www.readyby21.org

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