UWM will ensure that by 2025, 65% of residents in the Omaha-Council Bluffs community are financially stable so they can support themselves and their families.
To address the widening opportunity gaps within our community, UWM invests to improve the financial stability of individuals and families.
1. Help 3,500 individuals increase their earning potential through access to job skill development and post-secondary education.
2. Connect 2,500 individuals to full-time living wage employment opportunities.
3. Increase financial understanding and skills for asset development for 7,000 individuals.
Financially stable individuals and families lead to a more competitive workforce and a stronger community. Today over 600 local employers report that they have positions for which they cannot find qualified candidates. It is estimated that between 8500 and 10,000 local youth between the ages of 16 and 24 are not currently in school or working.
- Increase level of education and/or attainment of marketable skill (e.g. employment preparedness, GED, technical certification, higher education).
- Provide formal connection/pathways to post-secondary education and training.
- Connect workforce development programming to Labor Market Information (e.g. part-time to full-time, level of job, type of job).
- Leverage formal partnerships with businesses and business sectors; for employment and housing (e.g. property management, landlords).
- Focus programming on Opportunity Youth population.
- Target job retention and/or upskilling services.
- Support consumer with repairing credit and increasing credit score.
- Increase access to and utilization of traditional banking services.
- Assist consumer with accessing public and private programs to increase assets (e.g. EITC).
- Grow awareness and knowledge about asset building and asset protection.
- Teach techniques of budget creation and management.
- Improve housing retention through foreclosure prevention and financial education.
- Increase awareness and access to free legal services that protect individuals’ assets (e.g. disability benefits, loss mitigation, clear titles, small business service wills).
young people were connected to education or employment.
people increased their earning potential.
people received financial education.
The areas of investment
GED and Literacy Programs
Workforce Development Programs
College Access & Youth Employment
Workforce Development Programs
Secondary and Post-Secondary Education Support Programs
Opportunity Youth Programs
Financial Education Programs
Earned Income Tax Credit Programs
Asset Development Programs
Homelessness Prevention Programs
Home Ownership Programs
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