Is Your Organization Challenged by…

  • Building jobseekers’ excitement around program participation?

  • Engaging and retaining youth who are disconnected from work and school?

  • Helping staff to stay motivated and providing relevant, impactful training?

  • Engaging families and communities?

  • Addressing the false codes of the streets that misdirects many young peoples’ promise?

  • Demonstrating program connections to employers and educational institutions?

  • Building and maintaining connections with employers who are often hesitant to work with high risk populations?

  • Preparing jobseekers for work and educational success?

  • Getting more jobseekers connected to employment opportunities?

I’m Here to Help


  • Employability

  • Engagement

  • Social Capital

  • Leadership

  • Management

  • Workforce Regulations

  • Job Readiness/Career Development

  • Wrap Around

  • Trauma Informed Care

  • Motivational Interviewing


  • Board meetings and Retreats

  • Education and Workforce

  • Conferences

  • School Assemblies

  • Program Kick-Off

  • Foundation

  • Symnposiums


  • MAKiN' iT

  • Connecting the Disconnected

  • Summer Job Success

  • Barriers and Approaches  to Working with Justice-Involved Youth

  • 21st Century Success Principles

  • Making Connections Work


(can be delivered in one to three day programs)

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Building a Social Capital Framework to Support Student and Program Success

Without social capital and both the resource-generating connections it offers and the opportunity-balancing it facilitates, students may fail to maximize economic opportunities. Young people in skills-training and credentialing programs can only go so far without social capital. They require support to help them connect to working individuals in companies and educational institutions who understand the unique challenges they face and who are willing to advocate for them. This advocacy, through an extension of resources and information, links young people to opportunities that they wouldn’t normally be able to access in low-connected communities. This workshop explores the importance of building and utilizing a social capital framework within an organization. Sign up to learn about social capital’s potential to link millions of disconnected youth to workforce programs and the labor market they support.

Increasing Student Employability
A Social Capital Approach to Engaging Hard to Serve Youth and Young Adults

Is your program struggling to connect with targeted populations? Ed DeJesus' Social Capital model works with agencies to enhance engagement with the broader community, helping clients, your program, and the community thrive together. The Social Capital model is based on a credible messenger framework through which individuals who overcame similar backgrounds engage youth in structured and intentional relationships that help people build skills, complete education, succeed in work experiences, and build ever-important social capital. 


The Social Cpatial Framework

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