JVS News

Destigmatizing Unemployment – Book Review by JVS Employee Amy Mazur

October 16, 2015
Ofer Sharone’s book Flawed System/Flawed Self: Job Searching and Unemployment Experiences gave me a new framework for understanding the damaging effects of a fundamental premise behind most job search assistance: the idea that unemployment is the result of remediable failings in an individual’s job search strategy, rather than a systemic failure created by the structure of our economic system.
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ViewPoint: Taking steps to address Boston’s opportunity gap

August 3, 2015
Boston Business Journal: The JVS Center for Economic opportunity reflects an innovative partnership between business, nonprofits, and philanthropy to provide a continuum of education, training and career ladders that allow workers to engage in life-long learning and attain good jobs that can support their families.
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New resource center helps city youths make career connections

July 27, 2015
The Boston Globe: Unemployed youths now have a new resource to help them succeed: the Connection Center, located inside the Ruggles MBTA station and designed to guide young people toward career independence. Participating college, vocational, and career readiness programs include College Bound Dorchester, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, the Asian American Civic Association, and pharmacy technician training in the Jewish Vocational Service.
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Push to diversify startups paying off

June 28, 2015
The Boston Globe: One of the entrepreneurs in the boot camp was Magbè Savané [JVS MassREAP graduate], whose company MAKOMAS makes juices based on traditional recipes from her native Côte d’Ivoire. “There are great business people who are willing to spend their time teaching entrepreneurs, but I don’t have access to those people,” said Savané, whose products are sold in a number of area Whole Foods Markets. “Now, I know those people, and they’re helping me grow. That’s the beauty of MassChallenge.”
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Governor Baker Signs Executive Order to Target Chronic Unemployment

March 12, 2015
Mass.gov: Governor Charlie Baker signed an Executive Order to establish a task force on Economic Opportunity for Populations Facing Chronically High Rates of Unemployment. The task force, chaired by Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Ron Walker will lay out a strategic plan to address chronic unemployment among specific target populations. Members include: Jerry Rubin, President and CEO, Jewish Vocational Services.
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