The career landscape nationwide is rapidly changing. By 2010, more than 77 percent of all jobs in the United States will require some ICT ability. Additionally, the forecasted top 10 in-demand jobs for 2010 didn’t exist in 2004, as all of these careers will be associated with information technology, a field in which few underemployed workers are proficient. Is South Los Angeles prepared for the new world of work?
The Brotherhood Crusade, a nonprofit agency dedicated to helping individuals become personally and professionally proficient in information technology and develop life skills, is dedicated to helping lift the barriers to unemployed and underemployed workers in LA.
Like the Brotherhood Crusade, workforce development is paramount to Microsoft and its Unlimited Potential Program. Microsoft works each day to support nonprofit organizations through cash and software grants; recently, Microsoft awarded a $50,000 cash grant to the Brotherhood Crusade to refresh its computer labs.
Founded in 1968, the Brotherhood Crusade’s principal mission is dedicated to building and sustaining an institution that raises funds and resources from within the community and distributes those funds directly back into the community. It has a history of building alliances with other organizations, corporations and foundations of goodwill that are committed to and understand the tremendous need for helping our community and people grow and prosper.
The Brotherhood Crusade has made a major impact on the lives of many by creating and providing more than 50 million dollars in grants for programs and supportive services such as: Job training and placement; teen counseling and mentoring; after school and sports programs for youths; domestic violence shelters; substance abuse and prevention; scholarships for low-income students; placement and feeding homeless families; senior citizen services; health fairs and health awareness programs; gang prevention and intervention programs; welfare to work programs; technical assistance and small business loans to minority business owners; and fiscal management to other non-profit organizations