TRAINING AND SERVICES

Improving Economic Opportunity and More

VIRTUAL TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

Designed to Build Social Capital Literacy

Social Capital Builders offers various training options for organizations interested in offering their constituents a social capital approach to economic empowerment and achievement.

Introduction to Social Capital Literacy - 3 hours

Max number of attendees: 50

 

Course Overview

In this three-hour course, staff and students will learn about the importance of social capital and examine how it relates to future economic success. Social capital is the value of an individual's connections to gainfully employed individuals, organizations, and institutions.  With proper social capital building skills and opportunities, young people can significantly increase their chances of gainful employment and successful futures. By effectively teaching social capital literacy, youth service organizations can help millions of Opportunity Youth open the doors to dreams that many youth may have never thought possible.

Participants in the Introduction to Social Capital Literacy course will examine the role of familial, developmental, and multi-point social capital connections and be able to identify and apply these assets to  the career development efforts of the young people they serve.

Instruction
Instruction will utilize virtual assets including Zoom, Contests, Google Classroom, Guest Appearances from Social Capital Builders, Experiential Activities, and YouTube.

Course Assessment
Participants will complete an assessment to gauge the success of their social capital literacy gains and competencies. 
 

Advanced Social Capital Literacy - 8 Hours

Max number of attendees: 30

Course Overview

In this eight-hour course, staff, and students will learn the basics of social capital building and ways to apply it to build their future economic opportunities or those of the clients they serve. 

The purpose of the course is to prepare students and staff to make sound, strategic decisions about building social capital assets and understand ways to engage these assets to increase current and future economic opportunities. In particular, this will include re-evaluating existing social capital assets as well as seeking out new assets that can contribute to increases in labor market information, and career development efforts. 

Advanced Social Capital Literacy will also help participants explore the systemic barriers to gainful employment and how social capital can be used as an effective tool to mediate the harmful effects of racism, discrimination, and homophily.  

Social capital literacy seeks to develop participants’ skills and knowledge in: 

  • Understanding the value of social capital, accessing current social capital assets, developing strong and weak tie connections, and managing redundancy.

  • Understanding the role of social media in the social capital building process, overcoming social capital building barriers, developing connection points, working with bonding and bridging agents, and developing a social capital hub.

  • Delivering compassion and reciprocity in the social capital process and furthering social capital relationships for long term labor market success.

Instruction

Instruction will utilize virtual assets including Zoom, Google Classroom, and YouTube. The program consists of individualized activities, group discussions, guest speakers, contests,  technology use, and other methods. Familial and developmental social capital assets will be engaged throughout the process since family participation is a key component of the social capital building process. 

Course Assessment

Various assessment tools including social capital audits, reports, student projects, video presentations, learning activities, reflective writing assignments, and quizzes will be utilized to assess participant knowledge and social capital gain. 


 

CERTIFICATION

Building the Social Capital Competency of Youth Service Professionals

Social Capital Builders provides a two day, 14-hour certification program for those interested in building a social capital framework to improve client and program outocmes alike. 

Social Capital Builders' Institute - 14 Hours

Max number of attendees: 20

Course Overview
In this 15 hour course, coupled with four hours of administrative manager training and a four-week practicum, workforce development and youth outreach staff will receive the knowledge and skills to build a social capital framework within their organizations.

 

Social capital refers to the meaningful connections someone possesses with gainfully employed individuals. With proper social capital building skills, people can increase their chances of employment and reliable income through these connections. This is especially helpful for low-income youth of color, who can use social capital connections to break through social, racial, and/ or economic barriers for lucrative positions. Understanding the differences in economic opportunities as a result of systemic racism is key to providing helpful advice and mentorship for young people in their job searches.

The purpose of the course is to prepare students and staff to make sound, strategic decisions about building social capital assets and understand how social capital assets are instrumental in advancing economic opportunities and quality of life outcomes. With social capital connections, individuals can discover job opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise know about and find reliable knowledge sources for career advancement.  Adding a social capital framework to an organization will benefit young people beyond the time they are in the program.


Social capital literacy seeks to develop participants’ skills and knowledge in: 

  • Understanding the value of social capital, accessing current social capital assets, developing strong and weak tie connections, and managing redundancy.

  • Understanding the role of social media in the social capital building process, overcoming social capital building barriers, developing connection points, working with bonding and bridging agents, and developing a social capital hub.

  • Delivering compassion and reciprocity in the social capital process and furthering social capital relationships for long term labor market success.

  • •Implementing a social capital framework within their company/organization to enhance economic opportunities for populations served. 


Instruction

Instruction will utilize virtual assets including Zoom, Google Classroom, and YouTube. The program consists of individualized activities, group discussions, guest speakers, contests, and use of technology, and other methods. Familial and developmental social capital assets will be engaged throughout the process since family participation is necessary to maintain social capital practices beyond a course or program.
 
Course Assessment

Various assessment tools including social capital audits, reports, student projects, video presentations, learning activities, reflective writing assignments, and quizzes will be utilized to assess participant knowledge and social capital gain. 


 

RESEARCH

Social Capital - Key Factor in Workforce Success? A New Survey Suggests So.

A newly-released DeJesus Solutions survey asked 633 individuals about their experiences with social capital in the workforce. The
results were astounding. According to their responses, social capital is the key to workforce success.

Contact us at: 

DeJesus Solutions

5457 Twin Knolls Road

Columbia, MD 21045

202-713-8393

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