Pathways United has a New Hire and New Program
Statement of Project Objectives Technical Assistance “The Economic Impact and Diversity Program will be technical assistance for MBEs for the SIBR and STTR programs for the US Department of Energy” Pathways United.
Awardee Background: Pathways United is a full-service workforce and education consultant firm specializing in Diversity and Inclusion. The company uses extensive knowledge to create an effective training curriculum. They work closely with clients to target and shape personalized lectures, presentations, and workshops that develop systems fostering leadership, knowledge, and team building. Clients include professional associations, corporations, governmental entities, K-12 school systems, colleges and universities, and other educational institutions. Dr. Prince, the Principal Investigator, holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Business, a Master of Art in Communications, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Dr. Prince has a Post Masters’ Certification from Washington University in Program Evaluation, CITI Certification for research and Internal Review Board (IRB) related projects, and a certificate of completion for continuing education in the subject matter of SBIR and STTR Awarded
Project Overview: Period of Performance is one (1) year, with two additional option years contingent upon available funding and programmatic relevance of projects. The primary objective of the program is to ensure that minority business enterprises have the opportunity to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy projects and initiatives. The technical assistance proposed in the project is supercharged support to ensure capacity building in research, development, demonstration, application submission, and other activities within the U.S. Department of Energy. The project promotes economic development in the region’s most under-served community, Saint Louis, Missouri. Economic Impact & Diversity Program builds a more diverse and inclusive Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) energy industry. The Economic Impact & Diversity Program proposes to serve 20 minority business enterprises, provide one-on-one support to the businesses, financial compliance, align solicitation, and create a pipeline to stakeholders for Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.
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24-Hour Workforce High School
The 24-Hour Workforce High School is the brain child of Dr. Alice Prince. She collaborated with the Saint Louis Public School district to offer an alternative to the alternative school setting. There were 24-hour life mentors, program coordinators, instructors, summer jobs, and a lot of love to make this program an success.
Dr. Alice Prince on St. Louis Public Radio
Hear the passionate leaders talk about the importance of workforce and education.
Innovation in America's Workforce - National Skills Coalition
Dr. Prince traveled to Washington, DC, to speak about best and innovative practices concerning disconnected youth in the workforce.
YouthBuild, The Skills Gap, and Opportunity Youth - The US Conference of Mayors Conference
Dr. Prince traveled to Boston to present at the US Conference of Mayors Conference. Dr. Prince is considered an industry expert for workforce and education programs.
Communities Collaborating to Reconnect Youth
As the Executive Director, Dr. Prince held conference with the national organization CLASP. Dr. Alice Prince and her team shared best practices with other workforce boards and school districts across the country. The youth programs included Youth Build, WIOA, Prison to Prosperity, the 24-Hour Workforce High School, and the Saint Louis Police Department.
Innovative, Intentional, and Aggressive - Dr. Alice Prince booked on Urban Radio
Dr. Prince hosted a radio show with Meghan O on Hot 104.1, "Job of the Day." Dr. Prince understands how important communication is to the community. She believes you have to reach people where they are and give them what they need. Everyday listeners were able to hear about real job opportunities.
We need a workforce revolution. How fitting for a revolution to be sparked inside of me in the great City of Boston as I attended this year’s U.S. Conference of Mayors. As I walked in and out of the learning sessions, I kept thinking over-and-over again, “We need a workforce revolution!” My heart pumped with fire. My hands trembled with excitement. My eyes bucked with amazement. My ears rung out … it’s time for a workforce revolution. I came back to Saint Louis, Missouri fired up and ready to spark the workforce revolution in my City. At the conference, hundreds of mayors from cities around the country convene to hear best practices, learn from one another, and gain information about other issues that impact cities on the local level. Although I am not a mayor, I work for Mayor Lyda Krewson of the City of St. Louis. My appointment to lead the workforce efforts in the City of St. Louis came on September 5, 2017. This appointment changed my life and I hope it will change the lives of people living in my City. My approach to workforce is to be intentional, aggressive, and unapologetic. My goal leaving the conference was to start a workforce revolution in my City and light the fire to spark a workforce revolution in other cities across our country. The City of St. Louis, like other cities around the country, are plagued with high murder, crimes and unemployment rates. Something has to change.
We need a workforce revolution to change the trajectory of our community, our future, our politics, and most importantly the way we handle our most precious capital – human capital. Saint Louis, like many other cities has had its share of systematic oppression, depression, and disenfranchisement on multiple levels. We need a workforce revolution to aggressively, intentionally and unapologetically address the issues of our communities before our existence as humans become obsolete. A workforce revolution is needed desperately. A workforce revolution will give hope to the hopeless and be the voice for the voiceless. A workforce revolution will allow communities which experience the greatest struggles to turn their struggles into upward steps of strength, their pain into pillars of power, the hurt will become community heroes, and the most unlikely to succeed will become their neighborhood’s most valuable player. The workforce revolution will create multiple pathways to prosperity for everyone.
I established a theory called the “Cyclical Dependency Theory,” which simply demonstrates the impact of similar characteristics that possibly transferred from generation-to-generation through a family or friend unit. Moreover, if a child’s parent is incarcerated or does not obtain a college degree, the child might be more likely to demonstrate behaviors that are not conducive to abiding by the law and not have an opportunity to attend college. A child is more likely to understand the importance of holding a job, going to college, getting into a skilled trade; if the caregiver, parent, or guardian is actively participating in a those types of activities. A workforce revolution will create a catalyst of aggressive, intentional, unapologetic, and impactful change using a two-generational approach.
The workforce revolution needs leaders who are unafraid to answer the cries of our community using techniques that have never been used before. The mindset of policymakers, leaders, and practitioners must be open to innovative service delivery techniques. A workforce revolution is going to require workforce partners to instill hope into the community and increase service accessibility. The workforce partners will have to collaborate with grassroots organizations, integrate depression awareness and suicide prevention inside of the workforce programs, be part of the solution for opioid addictions and substance abuse, and deal with social justice issues such as police brutality. Also, integrate other means of life-changing tools, such as financial literacy, home ownership, and aggressively make options available such as entrepreneurship, apprenticeships, and trades (not just college).
We need a workforce revolution to save our future. We need a workforce revolution to save our humanity.
As we begin a new school year, many parents think about ways to encourage and support students as they embark on their educational journey. This is normal process because in school we hope teachers will create an inclusive environment that is nurturing and enriching.
Dr. Alice Prince is a life time community advocate, passionate leader, and life-long learner.
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