How it Works
What We Do
Using a network of Life Advocates, business partners and nonprofit partners, UpWorks will guide, support and seek to ultimately place clients in jobs that are sustainable and above the poverty level. The most significant aspect of this arrangement lies in the role of Life Advocates.
Life Advocates are Christian volunteers who provide support through relationships, coaching, and calling to action. Life Advocates are not “fixing” problems, they ask open ended questions, push the client to discover their own solutions, and support the client’s’ next steps in employment and education goals.
UpWorks provides training on how to coach, use UpWorks’ tools, and additional resources to help our clients begin to set goals and move forward. Life Advocates provide the willingness to build a relationship, we provide the support. Every Life Advocate must first attend an orientation and training which occur on a regular basis.
Why UpWorks is Needed
UpWorks’ key motivator is reducing unemployment and underemployment among minority groups in the Twin Cities. The national unemployment index currently stands at 4.8 percent; however, unemployment among blacks and Latinos holds at nearly 13 percent. More specifically, unemployment among blacks and Latinos between the ages of 18 and 30 is an unacceptable 26 percent.
Keenly aware of the critical need for improved employment among minority groups, UpWorks will:
- Partner with existing nonprofits within our community to increase employment to those struggling with underemployment and unemployment.
- Engage businesses that are willing to hire people with employment barriers, knowing UpWorks will provide this network of support.
- UpWorks intends to leverage established best practices to positively impact the wellbeing of people by increasing lifelong earning capacity, fostering emotional health and improving overall quality of life.
How it Works
UpWorks creates a network of Life Advocates, nonprofits and businesses to support clients gaining and sustaining livable-wage employment.
- UpWorks works with nonprofits to receive potential clients that have a desire to grow and would benefit from a life advocate.
- Provide Life Advocates to coach individuals desiring stable, above-poverty-level employment.
- UpWorks requires clients to meet one hour per week with Life Advocates.
- Demonstrated commitment by the client is mandatory.
- UpWorks provides in-depth training for Life Advocates.
- UpWorks provides support for businesses.
- UpWorks executes memorandums or covenants with each Life Advocate, nonprofit, business and client to ensure commitment and success.