One City One Hire is an innovative economic development strategy that serves as a catalyst to jump-start the Mayor's pledge to put all unemployed District residents--in every Ward of the city--back to work.
Special Initiatives and Partnerships
Project Empowerment works with several local community organizations and is continuously seeking to offer more services, initiatives and opportunities.
In effort of reducing unemployment for all district residents, Project Empowerment sponsored a special cohort in October 2011 for the transgender community. The cohort was extremely successful and the need for additional cohorts has been identified. As an ongoing initiative, Project Empowerment hosted another cohort for the transgender community in March 2012.
Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB)
Poject Empowerment is currently working with CAAB to provide monetary resources and small business training to customers interested in entrepreneurship and achieving financial freedom. Customers can participate in CAAB’s Jobs & Entrepreneurship Stimulus Account Program, which matches participant’s savings 8 to 1 for future business and educational goal and expenses.
With every cohort, Wells Fargo works with Project Empowerment customers to discuss financial literacy and the importance of making wise monetary decisions. Participants are also given the opportunity to open free accounts with the financial provider.
As a response to the on-going need for community business and support for small business owners, Project Empowerment will soon launch an entrepreneurship initiative for interested customers. Participating individuals will have the opportunity to develop, plan and execute actual business plans.
An opportunity to participate in the Career Ventures program with StreetWise Partners provides Poject Empowerment customers with a year long professional mentoring relationship with local business leaders and managers. Participants work with two mentors and attend ongoing professional development seminars and career building workshops.
DC Department of Mental Health
DC Department of Mental Health provides a full-time Mental Health Specialist to administer psycho-social evaluations as requested by Project Empowerment staff. The specialist is also available to meet with and counsel participants experiencing personal or psychological challenges and can refer participants to additional resources, if necessary.