The concept of a Workforce Revolution was sparked by Dr. Alice M. Prince, the Executive Director of Workforce for the City of St. Louis, after attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Boston, in June 2018. The U.S. Conference of Mayors is arguably one of the most impressive conferences in the nation. Hundreds of Mayors from cities around the country convene to hear best practices, learn from one another, and gain information about other issues that impact cities on the local level. Leaving the conference, Dr. Prince was energized, and had two lofty goals – start a Workforce Revolution in the City of St. Louis, and spark Workforce Revolutions all over the country. “We need a Workforce Revolution to change the trajectory of our community, our future, or politics, and most importantly, how we handle our most precious capital in the United States – human capital,” says Dr. Prince. The City of St. Louis, like other cities around the country, are plagued with high murder and crime rates and high unemployment rates. Something has to change.
The Workforce Revolution will need workforce leaders who are unafraid to answer the cries of the community using techniques that have never been used before to achieve results that will completely transform disenfranchised communities. The mindset of policy makers, leaders, and practitioners must be open to innovative service delivery techniques. A Workforce Revolution is going to require workforce partners to instill hope into the community and increase service accessibility. The workforce partners will have to collaborate with grassroots organizations, integrate depression awareness and suicide prevention inside the workforce programs, be part of the solution for opioid addiction and substance abuse, and deal with social justice issues such as police brutality. Also, integrate other means of life changing tools such as financial literacy, home ownership, and aggressively make options available such as entrepreneurship, apprenticeships, and trades (not just college).
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Employment, Jobs, and Careers