(Above) Thanks to United Way-funded programs, Antonio found a stable job he loves.
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.
United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County’s Diversity Leadership Society has set a goal:
- Education, training, and credentials: supporting programs that help adults learn to read, earn their GED or other employment credentials, and teach English as a Second Language (ESL).
- Transportation: supporting programs that help adults recover their driver’s license and assist youth in obtaining their initial driver’s license.
- Involvement in the justice system: advocating for laws that promote expungement of records from public databases for non-violent offenders.
- Diverse talent retention: enlisting the help of outside consultants to develop a survey tool to understand why diverse talent is leaving the region at such a high rate.
A gift to the Reducing Barriers to Employment & Advancement initiative will help United Way and our partners close the employment gap and significantly reduce barriers and challenges to stable employment for diverse individuals across our region.
Special Thanks to our Reducing Barriers to Employment & Advancement Sponsor