The Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) proposes to leverage technology to create a new job search assistance model that is cost-effective, scalable, and sustainable. BAVC is a leading technology resource center and workforce training organization ideally positioned to bring together workforce development professionals, trainers, economic developers, and technology access providers to develop powerful, widely-disseminated job-seeking tools for low-income constituents.
BAVC will create a web-based Job Campaign Manager, employing advanced networking, database storage, and retrieval capacity to low-income English and Spanish speaking San Francisco residents. The Job Campaign Manager will centralize best practices in career development and deliver personalized resources to at least 400 low-income users during the two year project period. During this period, the project is expected to improve the employability of low-income job seekers in a challenging regional marketplace and standardize best practices for local employers.
The Job Campaign Manager will address limitations that regional workforce developers face in providing personalized career development resources by creating centralized tools and leveraging existing Internet connections. The initiative will identify best practices in career development from the leading workforce development agencies participating in the San Francisco Information Technology Consortium (ITC).
The Job Campaign Manager will include self-assessment and educational tools for career development and personalized database functions for job management with full storage and retrieval capabilities. Users will include clients of ITC's networked member organizations and residents of affordable housing units that project partners serve. One Economy Corporation will host the application through their web portal (www.beehive.org) in order to deliver job search tools and resources to low-income populations citywide and eventually nationwide. An experienced evaluation consultant will track the impact on unemployed or underemployed workers, community based organizations, and employers, and will evaluate the dissemination, sustainability, and scalability of the Job Campaign Manager in the field.