Workforce programs for the Dream Keeper Initiative

October 1, 2023

OEWD hosts kickoff event

OEWD's Workforce Dream Keeper Kickoff at the African American Art and Culture Complex brought together all of the DKI partners in-person for the start of the 2023 Fiscal Year. At this special gathering, the partners discussed how to better collaborate and serve the community and organization mission through workforce programs.

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Business practices to support artists

  • Educates artists about best business practices that help to generate and sustain income
  • Assists artists with portfolio development, how to search for grants, internships, networking, establishing residency, and securing employment

African American Art and Culture Complex

African American Shakespeare Company

Veterans Mural Alley Project

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Community arts

  • Provides artists with skills and experiences to succeed in the art industry to display and improve their respective skill(s) in chosen artistic disciplines

Bayview Opera House

Homeless Children's Network
Kuamka Community Healing Arts Program


San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company

New Community Leadership Foundation

Zaccho S.F.

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Education and enrichment

  • Offers a blend of workforce and postsecondary programming to build a comprehensive retention- centered initiative for Black and African American students

  • Provides additional financial information and incentives for students to persist and complete their postsecondary education goals

  • Delivers wrap-around financial and educational services, including workshops, trainings, educational seminars, financial aid literacy support, assistance with academic tutoring, and academic advising

  • Offers multi-semester coursework to make Afrocentric education widely available to community members with interest in pursuing education on systemic racism

  • Provides a series of workshops to promote high-quality Afrocentric education and systemic racism to the community

100% College Prep
Secondary/post-secondary student support

Collective Impact
Community research training / post-secondary student support

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Health services

  • Provides Transitional Age Youth (18-24) with a rigorous 4-month academy, learning high-level emergency medical technician skills

  • Offers mental health training pathways designed to meet the need for culturally responsive mental health and wellness services

Dusty's Fishing Well (City EMT)
EMT training program

Homeless Children's Network
Amani Mental Health Training Program

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Industries of opportunity

  • Supports the Early Childhood Education, Teaching, Hospitality, African American Hair Care, and Cannabis sectors to create jobs and career pathways for local residents who have overcome barriers to employment

  • Connects low-income job seekers to employment in the Early Childhood Education, Teaching, Hospitality, African American Hair Care, and Cannabis sectors through job placement assistance and training opportunities

Children’s Council of San Francisco
Early childcare provider

National Coalition of 100 Black Women

Center for Equity and Success (Success Centers)

Urban Ed Academy
Teaching and education

Medical care navigation

Jarmstead Unlimited
Black Hair Care

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