Massachusetts Competition 1


Implementation Grant Winner

Problem Problem

Strategy Strategy

The Lawrence Working Families Initiative directly engages parents in most of its activities. It’s developed a system of parental coaching, job search support, referral to services and training, and English for Speakers of Other Language classes. The locus of activity is the Family Resource Center, a hub within the central administrative offices of the Lawrence Public School.

From the outset, Lawrence Working Families Initiative reached out to businesses by holding employer panels and building individual relationships. But as the initiative evolved, Lawrence Working Families Initiative recognized it needed to more intentionally engage local employers. So in the latter part of the initiative, Lawrence Working Families Initiative increased its outreach by capitalizing on a competitive state grant to collaborate with the Lawrence Partnership, an economic development agency. It also supported local hiring efforts and designed and piloted employer-driven workforce development efforts.

Vision Vision

The Team The Team

  • Lawrence Community Works (Backbone)
  • Lawrence Public Schools (Co-lead)
  • Great Lawrence Family Health Center
  • New Balance
  • Solectria
  • Merrimack Valley Federal Credit Union
  • Lawrence General Hospital
  • City of Lawrence
  • Compass for Kids
  • Family Service Inc.
  • Groundwork Lawrence
  • Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board
  • Northern Essex Community College
  • Stevens Foundation
  • The Community Group