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Wardrobe for Opportunity

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Causes: Employment, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Job Training

Mission: Wardrobe for Opportunity (WFO) works in partnership with the community to assist low income individuals in their efforts to "Find a Job, Keep a Job, and Build a Career."

Results: Our 2011 program results are inspiring: -Served 1,985 low-income jobseekers in our Find a Job programs. Within 45 days of their interview wardrobe appointment, over 60% of jobseekers secured an interview and 43% secured employment. For those returning for working wardrobes, over 95% maintained employment after the first 90 days. -Partnered with 43 local job-training organizations to support their clients in getting what they need to ace their interviews. -Delivered 24 interview workshops to over 150 low-income jobseekers, giving them the confidence, networks, and experience they need to secure employment. -Offered seven Pathways sessions serving 75 low-income individuals from our Pathways program. -Six months after graduation from Pathways, 96% of graduates retained employment and the average annual salary increased 18%. As a measure of their excellence on the job, 39% of graduates earned a raise, 18% earned a promotion and 72% were given more responsibility. -In 2011, 42 unique individuals participated in our innovative Success Series program. Seventy-eight percent of graduates retained employment six months after graduation, the average salary increased by 11%, 22% earned a raise, 78% of participants made progress toward their goals and 78% reported an increase in job satisfaction and economic self-sufficiency. -Over 20% of Alumni participated in our Alumni Program, taking advantage of peer-to-peer support groups, financial literacy training, and affordable career coaching.

Target demographics: low-income individuals in their efforts to “Find a Job, Keep a Job, and Build a Career.”

Geographic areas served: Bay Area

Programs: Professional Image Program: WFO offers the professional clothing and interview coaching to enable low-income individuals to make that vital positive first impression. Interview Workshops: Interview Workshops provide our clients the opportunity to practice their interviewing and networking skills with up to 6 career professionals. Pathways: Through Pathways, a 6-week career advancement course, clients improve their ability to communicate, work as a team, manage conflict, and meet employer expectations. Success Series: Through Success Series, an intensive 9-month mentoring and coaching program, graduates exit the program with clear goals, strategies, and a new network of professionals to support them in their break-out career endeavors. Alumni Program and Financial Literacy: To support clients post-graduation we offer an Alumni Program that includes Peer Empowerment Groups, career coaching, networking events, career advancement workshops, and a financial literacy program.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

WFO is the type of non-profit that is truly making a difference in both peoples lives and the community they live in. WFO gives individuals the skills, confidence and wardrobe to interview successfully and begin their new path in life. WFO continues supporting individuals by offering courses that will help them succeed and excel in their chosen job or career. The staff is great and believes in what they are doing.