Workforce Programs that Lead to Sustained Employment


While the Greater Boston economy has been booming, many adults and young adults, especially in communities of color, remain unemployed or underemployed.  They want to work and know that good jobs are out there—somewhere—but feel disconnected to the job market.  Nonprofit organizations can serve as an effective bridge between workers and employers, offering essential resources to both access and sustain employment.  We’re interested in hearing about how you do it.

What is in your Secret Sauce?

GMA is extending a lunch invitation to directors of nonprofit organizations that offer programs that lead to jobs that participants hang on to. As staff to grantmakers, we are interested in hearing about what goes into your ‘secret sauce’ for keeping participants employed after program graduation. Our informal conversation will be guided by several key questions, including:

  • What is your approach/strategy/philosophy for helping your program graduates remain employed? What, if anything, do you do differently to ensure job placement versus long-term employment?
  • In what specific ways do you work with employer partners to help program graduates sustain their employment?
  • What do you look for as you recruit and register participants? What, if any, criteria are you looking for?
  • Are there any other ‘secrets’ that lead to success in employment retention?

Come share your experiences, your ideas, and your own questions.

GMA’s Phil Cappello and Chaletta Huertas will moderate the discussion which is open to the Executive Director or Program Director of a local nonprofit at work in this field.

Registration is required for this conversation at GMA’s office on the 5th floor at 2 Liberty Square (entrance on Kilby at Milk Street) on Tuesday, October 23 from 12n to 1:30pm.  GMA will provide lunch.



Space is limited. To register, please contact Phil Cappello, by October 12.

Thank you for your interest.

GMA’s NPO Conversation on achieving sustained employment is one of an annual 3-part series;  for other topics and dates click here.