POVERTY RATE & INCOME INEQUALITY
The poverty rate is at 13.5% nationally, while the City of Dallas maintains a poverty rate of 24.5%, according to the 2015 US Census Bureau. These figures disproportionately represent African-Americans and Hispanics. Living above the poverty level ($24,250 for a household with two adults and two children) does not mean economic adequacy.
Beyond the poverty rate is the ever-widening income inequality.
- The top 10% average nearly 9 times the income of the bottom 90%
- The top 1% average over 38 times the income of the bottom 90%
- The top .1% average 84 times the income of the bottom 90%.
OPPORTUNITY & GOAL
Technological innovation is exasperating the situation but also provides a solution. Providing access to the right training and acquiring the necessary technical skill can bridge the gap as technological innovation continues to change the job landscape.
The goal in launching Route360 a 501(c)(3) nonprofit social enterprise is to be at the forefront in ensuring people do not continue to be left behind and expand opportunity for all in the changing economy by connecting low-income individuals with the resources, mentorship, education, and career development needed to find a job in growing and innovative technical industries.
NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION PARTNERSHIP
Route360 partners with organizations working to end poverty, improve the lives economically for the poor, bring diversity to tech and works with young adults aging out of foster care. Many factors will continue to impact job outlooks, and Route360 goal is to offer a platform that empowers partner organizations with the resources to:
- Direct people's efforts to jobs with a higher rate of employment.
- Align skills training with the needs of local employers.
- Provide resources, tools, personalized support and the mentorship necessary to obtain the required skills and certification.
- Offer an education, career development, and job placement program for individuals interested in joining the IT workforce.
- Leverage the Route360 staffing and freelancing platform to put people to work.
A core part of the program it transitioning to a paid on the job training so we partner with corporations willing to take a risk on people to create a more diverse workforce and create lasting impact in the community while receiving valuable business services.
LAUNCH IT CAREER
The IT education and career development program transitions people into a career in Information Technology as all industries will be driven or enabled by technology. The program combines technical skills training, workforce readiness training, mentoring, apprenticeship and internship to equip individuals with the skills they need for a successful IT career. In addition the program is committed to supporting each student through their IT career.
IT Staffing and Freelancing Platform
Work with businesses willing to take a risk on people to create a more diverse workforce to provide individuals from challenged backgrounds life-changing opportunities.
TECHNICAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
We work with people to define what they need from their technical and non-technical education to obtain a job that improves their economic opportunity. In the information-based, skills-intensive economy of the twenty-first century, one thing is clear: knowing means growing.
- Education Roadmap Development
- Skills Assessment
- One-On-One Support
- Tutoring & Study Groups
- Curated Online and In-Person Training
- Curated Resources
- Access to e-books and other learning materials
Job Market Analysis and Career Exploration
Study jobs that are and will be including middle skills jobs to help people get back to work and take advantage of the shift in the global job market.
Increase awareness of tech job opportunities to help at-risk high school students make informed decisions about career, education and training options. Demystify tech jobs by exposing the many opportunities beyond tech support and coding.
- Urban Innovation Lab
- Tech Career Exploration
- Summer of Tech