INITIATIVES

New construction and rehabilitation of existing buildings will bring to life an additional 23,834 square feet of life-changing services on our campus.

 

ChangingGears helps individuals advance their lives out of poverty by providing affordable vehicles to purchase or to lease. Their program started with vehicle sales and has expanded to include a repair and lease program.

AUTOMOTIVE CENTER

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ChangingGears' support of client success is an integral part of career and vocational success. 

VEHICLE SALE 

ChangingGears sells cars to clients with employment at 1/2 of the retail value with a 0% loan. To date, 160 sales are complete with a 98% success rate.

VEHICLE REPAIR

ChangingGears offers discounted car repairs for eligible clients. To date, 72 clients have been served with savings of $20,407.  

VEHICLE BRIDGE

ChangingGears offers an affordable lease program to help clients start a career using reliable transportation, while still saving to purchase a car of their own. 

NEW

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIAN TRAINING 

The increase in the total volume of vehicles provides an opportunity to launch a new Automotive Technician Training program within ChangingGears.

 

Preliminary meetings with a large automotive service provider have confirmed that there is market demand, with wage rates starting at $15 per hour. 

EXPANDED OPPORTUNITIES

The expansion of the ChangingGears footprint will create the necessary space for the Automotive Training program while simultaneously increasing the garage’s capacity to service vehicles.

ChangingGears is independently raising funds for equipment and tools for their new space. 

 

In 2019, CityLink launched Cornerstone Construction Training, a collaborative program that prepares individuals for a career in construction by equipping them with the hands-on training and certifications they need to be successful in the industry. 

CONSTRUCTION TRAINING FACILITY

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Using a temporary space, we’ve enrolled forty-two students in our first three classes to date. 

100%

of graduates have earned their certifications and received job offers.

83%

of graduates have started careers in construction.

245%

the average increase in total wages for employed clients post training. 

A SPACE TO SCALE

A formalized training space will enable Cornerstone Construction Training to continue to scale the program, while creating a more realistic work environment for training, providing more career opportunities for more clients!

Learning Grove provides quality childcare and education for children, with a 5-Star-rated Early Head Start childcare program in CityLink. In addition to their full-time childcare, they offer temporary childcare for CityLink clients engaging in services.

CHILDCARE EXPANSION

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TWO GENERATION

APPROACH

Annually, over 120 children have been provided temporary childcare, as their parents start their journey at CityLink. In addition, over 80% of the parents of children in the Head-Start Program have explored or engaged in services at CityLink. 

OPPORTUNITIES

FOR MORE FAMILIES

By adding two classrooms for extended ages to the CityLink site, our partnership will be able to increase capacity by 50%, serving more families, with extended morning and evening hours. Additional childcare capacity will also support more temporary care for CityLink clients.

Learning Grove is independently raising funds for equipment and furnishings for their new space. 

 

While many individuals enter our doors seeking training to prepare for long-term careers, others come in needing immediate employment.

EMPLOYMENT CENTER

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ROOTS STAFFING

To help rapidly connect our clients to meaningful entry-level employment, we are partnering with Roots, a local, purpose-driven temporary-to-permanent staffing agency. The expansion will help provide a dedicated space for employment training and job placement services.

We anticipate the addition of a staffing agency will be critical as businesses seek flexible staffing options during and post-pandemic. 

HELP FOR A 

POST-PANDEMIC ECONOMY 

Both expanded career training and the addition of an immediate entry-level employment option will incorporate wrap-around services to help workers restart. 

This facility expansion will enable the build-out of a dedicated space for employment training and job placement services.

PelotonU offers a path for individuals to earn their Associate and Bachelor’s degrees from accredited, competency-based, online education providers. Students graduate from the program largely debt-free, with five times the average persistence rate for non-traditional students.

HIGHER EDUCATION STUDY SPACE

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A PATH TO HIGHER WAGES

In a tighter labor market, higher education will become a more significant differentiator. An avenue to a college degree will better position our clients for employment and higher wages.

On average, earnings for individuals who advance from a high-school education to an Associate degree increase their salary by 17%, from $37K to $43K. 

A SPACE TO LEARN

In our partnership, PelotonU’s dedicated staff handles student preparation, matriculation, academic on-boarding, and on-going completion coaching.

Through the campus expansion, CityLink Center will provide a dedicated study space and room for tutoring, while our Service Coordination team will provide barrier-removal support.