Providence, RI – The Genesis Center announced today that it has
received a $70,000 strategy grant from the Rhode Island Foundation to prepare
low-income Rhode Islanders to succeed in the workforce.
"This will allow us to strengthen our workforce development
and adult education programs by implementing various strategies that will
address the skills gap. Our goal is to prepare job seekers to compete in
Rhode Island’s workforce and have the opportunity and supports to not only find
a job, but to progress on a career pathway,” said Shannon Carroll, Genesis’
president and CEO.
The Genesis Center will use the funding to modify its
programming to ensure components align with local and statewide workforce
development systems, expand professional development opportunities for staff to
foster a culture of continuous improvement and ongoing development of
strategies that guide low-skilled adults toward economic independence, and
share the best practices that it develops with other adult education and
workforce training agencies.
The Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of
nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2016, the Foundation awarded a
record $45 million in grants to organizations addressing the state's most
pressing issues and needs of diverse communities.
“We’re proud to support Genesis Center’s work to get people on
the path to quality jobs. They play a vital role in our community serving some
of those most in need of assistance,” said Jessica David, senior vice president
of strategy and community investments.
The Providence-based nonprofit offers high-quality adult
education, job training, support services and early learning for low-income
Rhode Islanders who want to make a better life for themselves and their
families. The organization serves more than 800 adults and children from more
than 35 countries every year. For more information about its workforce training
programs, visit www.gencenter.org.