SOCIAL CAPITAL BUILDING INSTITUTE
The Missing Key to Workforce and Career Success.
Social capital is one of the greatest predictors of labor market participation and success. A growing body of research points to the pivotal role that social capital plays in connecting individuals to the job market and beyond.
By building a social capital framework, organizations can harness the power of this asset to create the conditions necessary for clients to actively and willfully develop the skills, credentials, and work experiences necessary for long term achievement in the world of work and beyond.
Individuals with high degrees of social capital are usually the first to get hired, enjoy higher pay and greater job satisfaction, and have greater employment longevity. High levels of social capital help employees gain access to a wide variety of individuals and opportunities rich in information that may help them advance on the highway of economic opportunity.
Without these connections, many job seekers can't access the hidden labor market and the opportunities it brings. Furthermore, many individuals may lack the social capital to help them counteract negative impressions employers may hold about certain populations. Without opportunities to be represented beyond crime statistics, news reports, and implicit biases, many job seekers are unable to step solidly on the changing labor market landscape. Consequently, this creates a negative feedback loop: the employer disregards minority and low-income populations as unfit for work, and mistrust of the employer prevents many capable low-connected job seekers from applying.
The Social Capital Building Institute (SCBI) is a 14-hour course supplemented with a 6-week practicum. It is designed to help organizations build a framework based on social capital principles and best practices aimed at improving the economic mobility and the long-term labor market success of the populations they serve.
By the conclusion of the 14-Hour Social Capital Building Institute and Six Week Practicum, participants will be able to:
Define social capital.
Complete the social capital self-assessment and glean ideas for building a social capital framework within their organizations.
Differentiate between bonding, building, and connecting social capital.
Apply the CARTI Social Capital Development framework to help job seekers build social capital and assist employers in spending it.
Apply techniques to teach reciprocity and support its development.
Utilize the Social Capital Framework to cultivate employee-employer relationships.
Recognize forms of harmful social capital.
Utilize compassion building techniques to spur employer and community investment in the development of specific target populations (at-risk youth, minorities, veterans, displaced workers, the homeless, etc.).
Recognize misunderstandings and negative preconceptions between job seekers and employers and build bridges to enable mutually beneficial relationships.
Engage stakeholders in their community to work side-by-side in increasing social capital within their sphere of influence(s).
Assist students and families in engaging in a social capital audit before, during, and after the program.
Conduct and analyze their organizations' own social capital program assessment.
Cite current research studies on the effects and effectiveness of social capital on economic outcomes.
Develop social capital activities to implement within their own organization(s).
MEASURING SOCIAL CAPITAL
A social capital framework not only helps youth connect to employers, but it also helps employers connect to youth. Learn more about the power of a social capital framework and contact us if you are interested in learning more.
Call 202-713-8393 to get a copy of Measuring Social Capital
How it Works
START BUILDING A SOCIAL CAPITAL FRAMEWORK TODAY
The program is divided into two components:
PART A: The 14-Hour Course
The course can be taken in one of three ways:
On-site (your location)
Off-site (our location)
Virtual Training: Four 3.15-hour sessions
PART B: The Six Week Practicum
The Practicum provides participants an opportunity to engage in building a social capital framework in their organization/company/community. The Practicum is designed by the student around one or more of the social capital assessment areas and the CARTI Framework (Compassion, Assistance, Reciprocity, Trust, and Information). Each participant is expected to spend a total of 12 hours on Practicum (two hours per week) with weekly progress reports to a DeJesus Solutions’ Certified Social Capital Builder. Upon completion of the Practicum, all participants will be invited to share the results of their work via a national virtual seminar.
The Social Capital Building Institute is designed for any organization interested in improving the long-term success of low-connected youth and adults. This includes:
• High schools
• Alternative Schools and ABE/GED Programs
• Community colleges and universities
• Trade schools
• Workforce programs
• Mentoring organizations
• Non-profit youth development organizations
• Social service sectors
• Faith communities
• Businesses seeking to improve worker satisfaction and advancement
Creating a Social Capital Framework can assist with:
• Increases in student and staff recruitment
• Increase placement rate success
• Improved job retention
• Higher wage rates
• Better client job satisfaction
• Improved employer engagement
• Greater opportunities for clients upward economic mobility
• Improved community relations and engagement
Social capital training can also support an organizations’ visibility in the community and efficacy in addressing long-standing barriers in the labor market. Ready to take the next step?
If you have questions, please email or call 202-713-8393