The Ready 2 Work program aims to advocate for equitable access and retention for Black workers to be employed in quality careers, free of discrimination with opportunities for leadership by promoting equitable policies and meaningful direct placements.
Ready 2 Work is about a three-month process that includes an orientation- which introduces participants to the program expectations, the vision, and goals of the LA BWC.
Following the orientation, participants engage in a series of workshops in which they receive tutoring, support and trainings on how to develop an effective resume; how to meet employer expectations, and how to prepare for impactful interviews. Graduates of the program are then eligible for our Ready 2 Work database for job referrals and job placement support.
Ready 2 Work commits to on-going mentorship and support of Black workers who participate in our program to ensure long-term success and retention. Our goal is to offer our participants a network of support, industry mentorship and occupational coaching in a safe and judge-free environment that assists our participants in real-life ways to navigate work/life challenges and troubleshoot problems that may arise in the course of employment.
Worker Justice University
Power is understanding that the people most affected by political and economic conditions must take the lead in addressing those conditions.
Building knowledge, confidence and consciousness, the Worker Justice University brings members together to learn key concepts; like the LABWC theory of social change and the role of organizing Black workers to transform the Black Jobs Crisis and Los Angeles as a whole.
Workers develop a critical analysis of the economy, and learn new skills to apply their learning in economic justice campaigns.
The 3 sessions of the Worker Justice University (WJU) includes workshops, trainings and networking sessions that develop participants’ skills for advocacy, developing action campaigns, and their confidence and ability to play leadership roles in their union and community.
WJU is modeled after the UCLA Labor Center’s African American Union Leadership School (AAULS), organized in 2002 to develop emerging leaders from unions representing different industries across Los Angeles.