For nearly 20 years, REDF has helped build the field of employment social enterprise by providing grants and specialized advisory services to a portfolio of social enterprises. In 2011, REDF launched the Social Enterprise for Jobs network – SE4Jobs – to fuel the growth of participating organizations through shared learnings and best practices.
Under the umbrella of REDF’s SE4Jobs network and partnering with the Points of Light Civic Accelerator, REDF has just launched an Accelerator program specifically designed for social enterprise leaders around the country to help them advance their business. The Points of Light Foundation, founded in 1990 in response to President George H. W. Bush’s call for increasing national civic engagement, launched the Civic Accelerator to help socially-minded startups – both for-profit and nonprofit – gain access to resources to better address some of the nation’s most intractable problems by helping to scale their enterprises.
The SE4Jobs Accelerator will bring together a cohort of talented employment-focused social enterprise leaders who serve people striving to overcome barriers to employment, with the objective of transitioning these workers into competitive, long-term jobs. Through the program, leaders will receive expert guidance on core business competencies, employee support programs, and have the opportunity to build peer networks, ultimately helping them increase job readiness and long-term employment success for the people they serve.
We are honored to be a part of the SE4Jobs cohort. Thanks REDF!