Join the RW team as our new Retention Specialist.
The Retention Specialist will provide employment preparation to clients through teaching employment readiness classes and required one-on-one coaching sessions. They will also prepare key documents for the program related to each client’s employment goals, barriers, and skills,, in addition to other responsibilities. This position will report directly to the Program Manager.
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SPRINGFIELD-- Thousands of Illinoisans who lost driving privileges for non-driving violations like unpaid parking ticket debt join with community advocates to celebrate the License to Work Act, which becomes law on July 1, 2020. The act, which is the result of years of advocacy and bipartisan support, ends the draconian practice of suspending driver’s licenses for numerous issues such as the inability to pay fines and fees from parking and vehicle compliance tickets. Nearly 75,000 drivers will have suspensions cleared from their driving records thanks to the act.
“Thank you. The License to Work Act could not have come at a better time as COVID-19 is devastating our communities. Driving is a lifeline now more than ever!” said Rosazlia Grillier of Community Organizing and Family Issues, who lives in Chicago and knows personally what it is like to have her driver’s license suspended in Illinois.
This victory is one of several in the efforts of the Transit Table coalition, a group of community organizations and advocates that seeks to eliminate transportation barriers that keep people out of work and in poverty. While celebrating this step forward, advocates noted there remain other government policies that continue to bar people from driving, which makes it difficult to find and keep jobs, access medical care and education, and to support families.
Read the full press release here: Illinois Clears Parking Ticket License Suspensions From 75,000 Driving Records
Last Friday, Revolution Workshop attended our partner, Chicago Jobs Council's 39th Annual Meeting Celebration: “Ideas and Action, from the Community for the Community – Virtual Edition”, where our Executive Director, Manny Rodriguez, was honored with the Betty J. Willhoite Award for his work helping to create opportunity, long-lasting careers, and employment support for individuals throughout our city.
"I am humbled and honored to receive the Betty J Willhoite Award from the Chicago Jobs Council. I have dedicated my career to helping the underserved achieve family sustaining careers and it is rewarding to be recognized as a leader in this work. With partners like CJC, I will continue the hard work of granting these opportunities to the very communities that have suffered from systemic racism and oppression. Thank you CJC for this tremendous honor." - Manny Rodriguez, Executive Director of Revolution Workshop
This award is given each year to an individual or organization that has gone above and beyond to promote employment and career advancement and we could not be more proud of our fearless leader for this recognition!
Thank you, Manny, for all that you do for RW trainees, our staff, and the community. And thank you, Chicago Jobs Council, for recognizing Manny and for your continued partnership and support.