Annual Report 2013

Our 2013 annual report is the most recent and describes our achievements and progress for the previous calendar year.

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Year One Navigator Evaluation Study

The Seedco Health Insurance Navigator Enrollment Process in Georgia, Maryland, New York, and Tennessee Policy Implications and Opportunities for Quality Improvement The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) put in place reforms that improve access to quality, affordable health coverage. One of the provisions of the ACA was the creation of new Health Insurance […]

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Seedco Mid-South Brochure

This informational brochure describes Seedco’s work in the Mid-South region of the United States.

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Testimony

Seedco experts provide testimony about public policies or specific legislation during government hearings on the local, state, and federal levels.

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Reintegration of Veterans into the Workforce and Small Business Community

New York City Council Committees on Small Business and Veterans Reintegration of Veterans into the Workforce and Small Business Community May 10, 2011 Testimony delivered by: Alex Saavedra Vice President for Direct Service Programs, Seedco Background Good Afternoon and thank you Chairwoman Reyna, Chairman Eugene and members of the Committees on Small Business and Veterans […]

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Publications

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Policy & Research

For more than 24 years, Seedco has designed and implemented innovative programs in workforce development, work and family supports, and community finance and small business services. We analyze what works and what doesn’t, capturing “lessons learned” and sharing them with others. Seedco brings a practitioner’s perspective to today’s most pressing workforce and community development challenges. […]

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Five Ways to Jumpstart Small Business Job Creation

This policy brief recommends specific approaches to ensure that small-business hiring plays a big role in solving our nation’s unemployment problem.

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Lessons from the Field: Supporting Fathers

As part of its Learnings from the Field series, Seedco released “Supporting Fathers.” The brief describes insights from a new wave of programs designed to help low-income, noncustodial fathers and their families.

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TANF Faith-Based Community Partnerships

As an intermediary organization, Seedco partners with community organizations, like Henry Street Settlement, to provide technical assistance, share best practices and conduct federal, state and local advocacy so the local partner can focus on direct service delivery.

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Reintegration of Veterans into the Workforce and Small Business Community

Seedco has launched the Veterans Employment Transition Education Reintegration and Network Services program, an innovative employment initiative that connects veterans to the civilian job market and helps them transition effectively back into their communities.

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Small Business and Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Our partnerships with community-based organizations (CBOs) have been key to Seedco’s success in serving immigrant business owners. Creating partnerships with CBOs is central to Seedco’s approach in all of our service areas. They have the experience, history, community trust, and cultural competence to best provide direct services to residents in low-income and underinvested neighborhoods. Seedco remains committed to helping immigrant-owned business and all small businesses in New York City.

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EarnBenefits: Increasing Access to Economic Stability

This informational brochure discusses the EarnBenefits program, which is the centerpiece of Seedco’s approach to work and family supports.

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Seedco’s New York State 2011 Budget Priorities

Seedco highlights two fiscal priorities to the New York State Legislature, urging it to fully restore $5 million to the Career Pathways program, which gives low-income young adults and public assistance recipients the educational and training credentials necessary to compete for careers in high-demand fields. Additionally, Seedco urges the Legislature to fully restore $2.764 million to the Strengthening Families through Stronger Fathers Initiative, which focuses on serving non-custodial fathers.

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Governor’s Proposed New York State Budget FY 2011-2012

In the climate of slow economic recovery, disadvantaged populations that struggle even in a healthy economy are now facing even greater hardship. In determining its recommendations and restorations in response to the Governor’s proposed FY’ 2012 budget, the committee should consider the extent to which men and women who, without the continued delivery of comprehensive services provided by organizations such as Seedco and our community-based partners, would otherwise be disconnected from the labor market and increase demand for more costly funding streams in the future.

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Seedco’s Dads at Work Initiative

This policy brief was developed to share a practitioner’s perspective on Seedco’s three-year Dads at Work pilot workforce development program in New York.

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A Review of New York City Government Programs to Help Small Businesses

Seedco operates three Business Solutions Centers – the Lower Manhattan center, the Upper Manhattan center, and the satellite center in Washington Heights – all of which are funded by the Department of Small Business Services (SBS). Additionally, Seedco operates the Upper Manhattan Workforce1 Career Center and as of January 2011 operates the Bronx Workforce 1 Career Center, both of which are also funded by SBS. Further, we currently manage a NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) Back to Work contract, which provides access to job readiness services, skills training, and job placement services to Public Assistance recipients.

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Young Fatherhood Programs

To successfully serve fathers, Seedco has learned that tailored, sometimes intensive, services that do not exclusively focus on finding employment are the most promising. Addressing some of the common obstacles non-custodial parents encounter such as legal roadblocks, criminal records (often misclassified), estranged relations with child and custodial parent, unemployment or limited employment history, and low education level to name a few- provides a gateway to both engaging and serving fathers.

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Service Integration: Delivering Economic Strengthening Services to Low Wage Workers

In 2010, with funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Center for the Study of Social Policy, Seedco developed Service Integration: Delivering Economic Strengthening Services to Low-Wage Workers. This extensive guide and toolkit provides concrete recommendations on integrating workforce development, work supports, and asset building services using an economic strengthening approach to service delivery.

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Coalition to Promote Access and Opportunity Comments

Seedco is a Steering Committee member of the Coalition to Promote Access and Opportunity, a group formed to alleviate poverty for millions of families by promoting federal, state and local policy agendas that facilitate comprehensive, coordinated access to underutilized public benefits and related resources.

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