maximize partnership efforts, Neighborhood Networks has adopted
a particular strategy designed to identify the benefits offered
by Neighborhood Networks partners to help residents achieve self-sufficiency.
STEP (Services, Training, Equipment, Placement) strategy is based
on the four essential characteristics of a successful Neighborhood
Networks center. Each partnership organization must possess at least
one of these characteristics to truly cultivate a beneficial partnership
with Neighborhood Networks.
criteria help to clarify the expectations of the partnership for
both centers and partners. In addition, by placing each partner
in one or more STEP categories, centers can easily determine the
strengths and weaknesses of their current partnership efforts, and
be able to focus on areas in which they lack support.
following attributes create the STEP strategy:
ServicesThis includes using the Neighborhood Networks center
to provide social services linkages to transportation, childcare,
healthcare, education, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
(TANF) benefits as well as use of the Internet for a variety of
purposes from online shopping to informational Web casts.
TrainingThis includes all activities aimed at making clients
self-sufficient including computer training, job training, life-skills
training, General Educational Development (GED) training, entrepreneurship
training, management training, leadership training, and fundraising.
EquipmentThis includes all hardware, software, telephone,
fax, e-mail, and furniture necessary to equip a computer lab to
handle services, training, and placement needs of its clients.
PlacementThis includes using all resources for the placement
of clients in sustainable employment opportunities with the potential
for career advancement.