Networks 2009 Consortia Partners
are the lifeblood of Neighborhood Networks centers and are the only
vehicle that provides the programming and resources needed to achieve
HUD's stated goal of sustainability for both Neighborhood Networks
centers and multifamily residents. Several significant partnerships
have been achieved that are contributing to the success of Neighborhood
Networks centers across the country.
for Success Worldwide
for Success Worldwide is a nonprofit organization that promotes
the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional
attire. In addition to clothing, the organization runs employment
retention programs, and provides ongoing support to enhance self-sufficiency
and build careers. Professional women have an opportunity to give
back to their respective communities through Dress for Success.
The organization is partnering with the Neighborhood Networks Initiative
to offer residents the opportunity and resources needed to launch
their careers. Through this partnership, Dress for Success staff
will provide professional clothing for residents preparing for interviews
and pilot a mentorship program to offer residents more in-depth
Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is an independent agency
created by Congress to maintain stability and public confidence
in the nation's financial system. The FDIC believes that asset building
and self-sufficiency begin with a general knowledge of the U.S.
financial system. In 2001, the FDIC began The Money Smart Program,
a national financial education campaign designed to help individuals
outside the financial mainstream develop financial skills and positive
banking relationships. The FDIC and Neighborhood Networks will work
together to provide a high-quality financial education program aimed
at helping residents build their money management abilities. Conducted
at Neighborhood Networks centers, the self-paced program includes
an FDIC instructor-led version for adults, and an instructor-led
version for young adults.
Industries of New Mexico
Industries of New Mexico has been devoted to a mission of providing
skill development and work opportunities for people with barriers
to employment. Goodwill Industries of New Mexico is partnering with
Neighborhood Networks to provide assistance in the areas of education,
and career and technology training. Goodwill Industries will provide
residents with access to basic computer training, financial literacy,
and train-the-trainer workshops. Goodwill Industries will also implement
a well-designed curriculum that includes employment training, individual
ability assessments, interviewing skills, and resume building.
is a well-respected and established social media technology firm
that provides small business, Web publishers, and nonprofit organizations
with all the applications they need to create engaging Web sites,
online communities, viral widgets, Flash applications, and online
video. KickApps will collaborate with Neighborhood Networks to pilot
a community platform site program for a Neighborhood Networks consortium.
KickApps will provide its standard hosted community platform service,
which includes software updates, Web page creation tools, upfront
training, and technical support. The online site will give a Neighborhood
Networks consortium the ability to increase membership and member
participation, provide archived recordings of meetings and events,
and offer residents access to blogging and photo-, video-, and audio-sharing
capabilities. This pilot program will bring Neighborhood Networks
capacity building to the next level.
Tradeswomen, Inc. (OTI)
Tradeswomen, Inc. promotes success for women in the trades through
education, leadership, and mentorship. Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.
is partnering with Neighborhood Networks consortia to provide workforce
development training for male and female adult residents. The organization
will use its business involvement program to assist Neighborhood
Networks consortia with workforce development specifically related
to trades. Selected adults will be able to learn a trade in a classroom
setting provided by OTI through its Pathways to Success program,
which not only educates adults about trade careers, but also includes
assistance with preliminary aspects of a job search from the application
process to apprenticeships.
the leading source of data about the nation's people and economy,
the U.S. Census Bureau helps the government determine funding investments
and the distribution of services such as transportation, public
health, and education throughout various communities. Each decade,
to increase the response rate to its questionnaire, the U.S Census
Bureau collaborates with community organizations that can offer
cultural insight into the communities they survey. For these partnerships,
the U.S. Census Bureau provides numerous community groups with materials,
training, and 2010 Census job opportunities for their community
members. The U.S. Census Bureau will provide Neighborhood Networks
consortia with the training, materials, and assistance needed to
help residents take advantage of 2010 Census employment opportunities.
The use of the Neighborhood Networks centers as testing sites will
provide the centers with more exposure and increase usage by the
Neighborhood Networks moves forward, we are committed to continuing
these positive efforts. To find out more about how your organization
can become a national partner, visit our Becoming
a Partner page.
see a list of partners from previous years, visit our Partnership