Social Capital Development
Increase outcomes through the power of building social capital.
Social Capital Builders Institute
Since 2012, DeJesus Solutions has engaged in the development, research, and testing of various social capital solutions to increase the economic mobility of low-income populations across the United States. This work spurred the 2017 launch of the Social Capital Building Institute (SCBI), whose mission is to create a world where no youth or adult is disconnected.
To assist organizations in effectively building economic opportunities for low-connected populations, DeJesus Solutions has created a Social Capital Framework. SCBI is a fourteen-hour course supplemented with a six-month practicum. It is designed to help organizations build a unique framework based on social capital principles and best practices aimed at improving the economic and long-term labor market success of the populations thy serve.
The program is divided into two components:
PART A: Course
The course can be taken in one of two ways, on or off-site.
Off-Site Training: two seven-hour days, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., generally in the Baltimore Area
On-Site Training: two seven-hour days, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., at a site designated by you
PART B: Practicum
The practicum provides participants an opportunity to build a social capital framework in their organization, company, or community. It is designed by the participants around one or more of the social capital assessment areas and the CARTI Framework . Each participant is expected to spend a total of fifteen hours on the practicum and submit monthly progress reports to a DeJesus Solutions Certified Social Capital Builder. Upon completion of the practicum, participants will be invited to share the results of their work via a national virtual seminar.
By the end of both sections, participants will be able to:
Competently define social capital.
Identify their areas for improvement based on the social capital self-assessment.
Develop social capital solutions to impact youth employment and educational outcomes.
Utilize the CARTI framework as a diagnostic of social capital.
Recognize forms of harmful social capital.
Employ compassion-building techniques to spur employer and community investment in the empowerment of specific target populations, such as at-risk youth, minorities, veterans, displaced workers, and those experiencing homelessness.
Engage stakeholders in their community to work side-by-side in increasing social capital within their sphere(s) of influence.
Assist students and families in engaging in a social capital audit before, during, and after the program.
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HALF OR FULL-DAY WORKSHOPS
A. Social Capital Strategies to Impact Participants’ Labor Market Success – and How to Help Participants Develop It
Without social capital and both the resource-generating connections it offers and the opportunity-balancing it facilitates, students may fail to maximize economic opportunities. Young people in skills-training and credentialing programs can only go so far without social capital. They require support to help them connect to working individuals in companies and educational institutions who understand the unique challenges they face and who are willing to advocate for them. This advocacy, through an extension of resources and information, links young people to opportunities that they wouldn’t normally be able to access in low-connected communities. This workshop explores the importance of building and utilizing a social capital framework within an organization. Sign up to learn about social capital’s potential to link millions of disconnected youth to workforce programs and the labor market they support.
B. CARTI - The Essence of the Social Capital Building Process
Workshop participants engage in activities developed to help them gain a thorough understanding of the five components of social capital: Compassion, Assistance, Reciprocity, Trust, and Information (CARTI). SCBI trainers model and then guide participants through CARTI competency activities. At the close of this three-hour workshop, participants will develop practical strategies to integrate CARTI into their workforce development programming, including ways to increase employer engagement.
C. Building Social Capital Assets for Participants Success
One of the greatest predictors of labor market attachment and success is social capital. However, many workforce programs focus mainly on increasing skills and credentials without helping individuals access the social capital that helps put these achievements to work. A survey of forty summer youth workforce programs found that no conscious effort was placed in keeping summer work participants in contact with their supervisors. Moreover, students’ current social capital assets were seldom identified and engaged. Parental and community engagement is essential to building social capital. A young person’s social capital is often underdeveloped, untapped, and consistently underspent, no matter their economic or social circumstances. Through this workshop, organizations learn strategies and techniques to help students assess their current social capital and how to cash in on it to create future economic opportunities.
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