The Sundance Family Foundation is accepting applications for its Earn and Learn Career Pathways Grant Program to support young adults (age 18-24+).
Donor Name: Sundance Family Foundation
State: Wisconsin and Minnesota
County: Selected Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Sundance is advancing an Earn & Learn model that supports young adults (age 18-24+) as they move from career exploration, to training, apprenticeships, supportive job entry, on-the-job retention services, and mentoring to middle-skills careers with sustainable wages.
Sundance initiated its Earn and Learn Career Pathways grant round in 2020, awarding grants to nonprofit organizations that utilize most of the components set forth in the guidelines of Career Pathways Model.
The Earn & Learn model focuses on the needs of young adults (age 18-24+) who are entering the workforce. Often these young adults are out of high school, disconnected from guidance counselors and career navigators. The needs of these young adults became most evident during the COVID pandemic.
Grant applications will show evidence of partnerships and demonstrate that as a result of these supports, young adults are in: 1) an industry-recognized training program, 2) a post-secondary institution, or 3) employed in a career pathway that has clear opportunities for moving towards middle-skills careers.
Some applicants will be able to support all steps of the Earn & Learn process while others will focus on some of the steps but will show how, with partnerships, young adults will attain middle-skill or gateway careers which then put them on track for target careers.
Required Grant Components
During the grant application reviews and site visits grantees will be awarded points in the following areas:
- Guided Career Exploration
- Social/Emotional Development with measurable outcomes
- Community Engagement with measurable outcomes
- Workforce Readiness measurable outcomes
- Training Certification: Short-term skills training that lead to nationally recognized credentials and which can be used for degrees
- Structured Pathways: Paid internships to help each young person assess the business culture and their fit
- Identified Employers: Business partners providing training and support
- Apprenticeships or learning programs: With paths leading to Gateway Careers
- Mentoring and wrap around support: Examples include assistance with driver’s licenses, completing employment or other applications, and assistance to accessing housing or other needs.
- Job Retention and Career Advancement Support: Examples include mentoring, emergency assistance with short term needs, transportation, child care, and other assistance.
- Nonprofit Financials: Includes Budget, Year to Date Actuals) and evidence of organization and program strength and sustainability.
For more information, visit Sundance Family Foundation.