Project Empowerment works with several local community organizations and is continuously seeking to offer more services, initiatives and opportunities.
Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB)
Project 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 participants' savings 8 to 1 for future business and educational goal and expenses.
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.
The Aspire to Entrepreneurship Pilot Program is a collaboration among local agencies, federal agencies, and non- profit partners to support reentering citizens into entrepreneurship in the District of Columbia. The program model is supported entrepreneurship development with wrap around life stabilization services.
DC Jail Work Readiness Program
Launched in July 2015, in partnership with the Department of Corrections, the DC Jail Work Readiness Program (WRP) provides rigorous pre-release work readiness and life skills training to inmates at the DC Jail pending release to the District within 6 to 10 weeks. The program design includes up to six weeks of job readiness training, basic computer training, Department of Health workshops, and provision of post-release service referrals. Individuals who successfully complete WRP are placed in subsidized employment through the Project Empowerment Program (PE) immediately upon release.
DOES engagement is promoted through the introduction of PE Job Developers and Job Coaches while participants are incarcerated. Additionally, comprehensive case management is conducted by both DOC and DOES to increase the likelihood of post-release engagement and long-term employment success.
Through a partnership between the District of Columbia Superior Court and the Department of Employment Services (DOES), Mayor Muriel Bowser launched the DC Diversion Program for non-violent offenders. The purpose of the Diversion Program is to offer District residents with a pending conviction for a non-violent misdemeanor, the opportunity to avoid incarceration and instead enroll in DOES’ Project Empowerment Program (PE) to receive intensive job readiness and life skills training. Individuals who successfully complete PE, which includes completion of training and six months of subsidized work experience, will have their charges dismissed and the offense expunged from their criminal record.
The Diversion Program greatly aligns with some of the goals and milestones of “My Brother’s Keeper” (MBK), a White House initiative launched to improve societal outcomes for men of color.
DC Department of Health Gap Program
In an effort to establish linkages between employment outcomes and wellness, DOH facilitates weekly workshops during Project Empowerment’s (PE) Job Readiness Training and the DC Jail Work Readiness Program. This partnership is an integral supplement to traditional programming as it allows program participants to recognize the multitude of non-employment factors that could play a role in their employment success. The workshops provide valuable information on a variety of topics that include smoking, healthy relationships, and effective stress management.