Social Capital Building for Workforce Program Managers with Edward DeJesus


Through Social Capital for Workforce Development Program Manager training, participants will receive the knowledge and skills to build a social capital framework within their organization. Social capital refers to the value of a person's connections with individuals, organizations, and institutions. Within a social capital framework, programs can better assist job seekers (both youth and adults) in increasing their chances of employment and reliable income.  This is especially true when serving low-income youth of color. The benefits of social capital can range from creating an environment that motivates youth to excel in current workforce development activities to providing the connections and resources to help them obtain employment in the later years. 

The purpose of the course is to train program managers about the value of social capital and to help them make sound, strategic decisions about building a social capital framework within their organizations or company.  Simply put, "a social capital framework recognizes that connections are a key determinant of labor market success and it utilizes structured activities to help job seekers connect to a wide range of social capital assets within and outside their community." With strong social capital connections, individuals can discover job opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise know about and find reliable sources of labor market information for future career development and advancement. 


Social Capital Building for Workforce Program Managers will: 

  • Teach managers the value of social capital and help them develop plans to assess the social capital levels of job seekers and staff.

  • Help managers discover the power of engaging familial, developmental and gateway social capital assets. 

  • Train managers about the importance of strong and weak tie connections and give them strategies to utilize these connections to increase job seekers' motivation and success.  

  • Equip managers with the tools to measure redundancy and strategies to offset its impact on job seekers' opportunities and outlook.  

  • Skill managers on strategies for addressing the six barriers to social capital building among students and staff.  

  • Empower managers to assess the social capital strengths and weaknesses of their organizations and implement solutions to address them. 

  • Give managers virtual tools to build a social capital framework within the agency.


Instruction will utilize  Zoom, Google Classroom, and YouTube. The program consists of individualized activities, group discussions, a guest speaker, contests, games, and other fun methods of engagement.


Course Assessment

All managers will be required to complete and submit a pre-session assessment as well as participate in a 15-minute pre-session conference call. Managers will be assessed in order to successfully complete the three-hour program, receive a certificate of completion, and qualify for Social Capital Building for Program Managers,  Part Two. 

Feb. 18th 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST

Feb. 26th 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST


Edward DeJesus

Founder and Chief Opportunity Guide Social Capital Builders

Edward DeJesus is the President of DeJesus Solutions, the Founder of Social Capital Builders where he has pioneered the development of a social capital framework for workforce and youth development organizations throughout the U.S.   Edward is a W.K. Kellogg Foundation National Fellow and holds a M.S. in Management and Urban Policy Analysis from the New School for Social Research. Edward believes that every community has the seeds to set up the structures that make a difference in their youths' future. And, through a social capital framework, organizations learn how to make these seeds grow.  Edward is the author of "Making Connections Work" and "Workforce and Summer Job Success," two publications built on a social capital framework, directing youth to the familial and developmental social capital assets that can radically lead them to success.


Edward served as a youth policy expert for the Sar Levitan Center for Youth Policy at Johns Hopkins University and served on the Taskforce on Employment Opportunities for young offenders for the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. He serves as a consultant to numerous youth organizations, foundations, and government entities. 

Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, DeJesus is a top speaker at over 20 major youth conferences each year.  As a former VIBE magazine editor puts it: “DeJesus’ message hits home with the weight of a project building falling on your head.  And once every brick has touched down, audiences will have a clear idea of what must be done.”