Saint Paul Works!

by Amy Filice | Apr 03, 2013
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Summary:

Let’s build a community wide collaboration focused on “whatever it takes” to assure that every Saint Paul resident is ready for the world of work. We can throw a spotlight on existing initiatives like “Skills @ Work”, “Corridor 2 Careers”, “Everybody In”, and the Mayor’s new youth initiative “Right Track” while increasing our involvement through personal and organizational volunteer commitments and attracting new funds to the cause. Let’s create a sense of urgency and celebration around the idea that “Saint Paul is the City that Works”.

The message from City Hall, the pulpit, the PTA meeting, our block clubs, our workplaces, and our schools can be the same – as a community we are committed to closing the skills and education gap and helping people go to work. The message is simple. Everyone can help.

We have stories to tell which can inspire many and contributions to make which will help people individually. We can tutor via skype or expand our business in Saint Paul, we can write a check for an ACT endowment or edit a college admission essay, we can direct and produce a PSA in Somali or donate appropriate business wear, we can invite young interns into our pottery studio or help adult learners navigate the college admission process, we can redefine jobs that tap retiree experience or we can write a phone app to assist English language learners, and we can establish a scholarship or develop a local Kiva style loan fund. Our elected officials can make progress in the public arena and remove barriers to accessing specialized manufacturing training through PSEO, can provide business incentives, and encourage new kinds of job centers in our city. (See attached partial concept for light industrial development at Lexington and University.) Working together, we can help the underemployed young man, the displaced homemaker, the young student, the new immigrant, and the laid off worker gain the skills necessary to participate in today’s new economy.

About You

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About You

First Name

Amy

Last Name

Filice

City

St Paul

County

Ramsey

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United States, MN, Ramsey County

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Names of others who helped contribute to my idea

Craig Blakeley and Joe Collins

How did you hear about the Forever Saint Paul Challenge?

email, tv, radio

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United States

Your idea

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Title of your idea

Saint Paul Works!

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

Let’s build a community wide collaboration focused on “whatever it takes” to assure that every Saint Paul resident is ready for the world of work. We can throw a spotlight on existing initiatives like “Skills @ Work”, “Corridor 2 Careers”, “Everybody In”, and the Mayor’s new youth initiative “Right Track” while increasing our involvement through personal and organizational volunteer commitments and attracting new funds to the cause. Let’s create a sense of urgency and celebration around the idea that “Saint Paul is the City that Works”.
The message from City Hall, the pulpit, the PTA meeting, our block clubs, our workplaces, and our schools can be the same – as a community we are committed to closing the skills and education gap and helping people go to work. The message is simple. Everyone can help.
We have stories to tell which can inspire many and contributions to make which will help people individually. We can tutor via skype or expand our business in Saint Paul, we can write a check for an ACT endowment or edit a college admission essay, we can direct and produce a PSA in Somali or donate appropriate business wear, we can invite young interns into our pottery studio or help adult learners navigate the college admission process, we can redefine jobs that tap retiree experience or we can write a phone app to assist English language learners, and we can establish a scholarship or develop a local Kiva style loan fund. Our elected officials can make progress in the public arena and remove barriers to accessing specialized manufacturing training through PSEO, can provide business incentives, and encourage new kinds of job centers in our city. (See attached partial concept for light industrial development at Lexington and University.) Working together, we can help the underemployed young man, the displaced homemaker, the young student, the new immigrant, and the laid off worker gain the skills necessary to participate in today’s new economy.

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Innovation

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Saint Paul Works! expresses one clear overarching goal and asks everyone to find a personal and/or organizational avenue to contribute to our community’s success. The concept of “work ready” can be the filter for planning activities and the deployment of financial and volunteer resources.

This idea calls for increased visibility and collaboration among traditional job training agencies and taps the energy, enthusiasm, and imagination of all of the rest of us. We can mobilize the champions among us who can help everyone get to work.

Impact

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Employment is indeed an urgent issue. Seventy percent of Minnesota jobs will require some education beyond high school by 2018, yet too many of our adult residents don’t have high school diplomas. (See attached map of Saint Paul educational achievement).

Boosting residents’ job ready skills opens the door to personal and community financial stability. Employment is among the most universal and flexible cures for our community’s economic and social challenges. Employment is a key to curing poverty. Employment is a key to addressing inequity. Employment is a key to solving homelessness. And job ready workers are a key to attracting businesses and building tax base.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Saint Paul Works! is a clear, compelling, and easily understood idea. This initiative is intended to focus on the value of a community working together, and the value and economic necessity of a community “working.”

This initiative provides for new coordination among traditional service providers and also provides an avenue for individuals who are successful to pay it back and for those who don’t need help right now to pay it forward. Everyone in every community can be part of a city that works.

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