Reducing Barriers to Employment & Advancement


Reducing Barriers to Employment & Advancement







In 2018, the black unemployment rate in Wisconsin was nearly three times that of whites, according to American Community Survey data. Everyone deserves permanent employment with a livable wage at a workplace where they are treated with dignity and have opportunities for advancement. It allows a family to have a safe and stable home, to have food on their table, and create an environment that is healthy and protective.

This is a multi-faceted approach focusing on African-Americans with an emphasis on:


Education, training, and credentials
Supporting programs that help adults obtain their GED, learn a new skill or trade, or earn a new certification.


Supporting programs that provide innovative transportation solutions and/or assist with driver’s license recovery.

Involvement in the justice system
Advocating for policy change that assists individuals who were involved in the justice system, with a focus on strengthening workplace re-entry

Diverse talent retention
Collaborate and advance equitable research and evaluation to retain diverse talent in Wisconsin.

Donate Today


Special Thanks to our Reducing Barriers to Employment & Advancement Sponsor



Bridging Barriers Webinar

This webinar, discusses why United Way's Diversity Leadership Society is focused on Reducing Barriers to Employment & Advancement and why it is not only good for individuals seeking employment, but good for the entire business community.

Moderated by Jasmine Johnson.

Panelists included: Toni White, Employ Milwaukee; Dave Steele, Regional Transit Leadership Council; Judge Derek Mosley, Milwaukee Municipal Court; Timothy R. Sheehy, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.

Recorded October 28, 2020.

Funded Partners

View agencies that are funded by the Reducing Barriers to Employment & Advancement Grant here.

Job Seminar Employment Resources




Attend a Virtual Workshop

© 2021 United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County is a 501(C)(3) Nonprofit registered in the US under EIN: 39-0806190.