EMPLOYMENT AND EMPOWERMENT
Creating Opportunities and HopeHelping individuals successfully find work and prepare for careers is at the heart of the work of the Greater Milwaukee Urban League. Our Employment and Empowerment Programs provide a variety of services to help individuals search and prepare for jobs that will improve their futures. Individuals seeking one-on-one assistance with online employment applications and resumes can find support at our Workforce Technology Center computer facility, which offers use of laptops and free internet access.
Adapting quickly to the impact of the cancellation of in-person programs and instruction due to COVID-19, the MUL staff shifted the majority of employment and empowerment programs to virtual delivery of its core offerings, including: Driver’s License Permit program, Transitional Jobs Milwaukee and Employment Assistance Program, Graduate to Employment services and the Essential and Life Skills training class. Working with our partners at Milwaukee Area Technical College, the GED Healthcare Plus program provides a pathway to earning a GED and training in healthcare customer service.
DRIVE-THRU JOB FAIRS
Partnering with the State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Employ MKE, the City of Milwaukee Office of Workforce Development and LISC Milwaukee, a series of socially distanced employment fairs were offered in the community.
Between July and October 2020, four successful job fairs were held, reaching 2,750 job seekers.
Providing MUL clients with temporary transportation support to successfully obtain or maintain employment, the program offers free transportation to employment partners not accessible by public transportation or other transportation services.
Eight individuals are currently participating in the program, with a goal to increase enrollment to 25 in the first six months of the program.
Restart 2.0 for small businesses
Focusing on support for small businesses during COVID-19, the program provides information on resources and how to navigate short- and long-term economic challenges.
MUL assisted 36 applicants who applied for the Restart 2.0 grant.
Credit Recovery: Working in partnership with RiverWorks Development Corporation, a virtual credit recovery clinic focused on credit repair strategies, understanding credit scores and creating a personal budget.
Commercial Driver’s License: Working with Milwaukee Area Technical College, MUL offers a commercial driver’s license program, putting individuals on the road to family-supporting jobs. For more information, contact MATC at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 414-297-8901. This program was suspended during the 2020-21 school year due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Community Block Grant Employment Services: Assists individuals in certain zip codes or geographic areas with training and identifying employment opportunities.
Driver’s License Permit: Helps eligible individuals secure a learner’s permit and behind the wheel lessons to earn a driver’s license and improve employment options. Download the flyer to learn more
GED plus Career Paths: Helps individuals who are interested in obtaining their GED/HSED, explore education and employment opportunities while earning a certificate or degree. Download the flyer to learn more
Transitional Jobs Milwaukee: Partners with local businesses to assist individuals with challenging work histories through subsidized job programs. Download the flyer to learn more
Workforce Technology Center: Provides assistance with online employment applications, job searches, career assessments, and other vocational opportunities. The center was closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.