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The Social Entrepreneur podcast is for aspiring and early-stage social entrepreneurs; and for those who want to make an impact on the world. Three times per week we interview social entrepreneurs, founders, investors and thought leaders. We hear the stories that led them to becoming change makers. We talk about the grand challenges in the world and the solutions that they are creating. The guests give advice for early stage and aspiring social entrepreneurs. We always end each episode with a call to action. If you're ready to change the world, join us.
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116, Tom Streitz, Twin Cities RISE | Ending Poverty through Personal Empowerment
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Twin Cities RISE transforms lives through personal empowerment and meaningful work. In the United States, one of the richest countries in the world, why does poverty persist across generations? The path out of poverty is complex, but it almost always involves meaningful work. And, while it often takes technical skills to find a job, more often the barrier to work involves power skills – emotional intelligence, social intelligence, confidence, belief, a sense of self-worth. Through their Personal Empowerment program, Twin Cities RISE creates transformative change, self-confidence and self-reliance. Twin Cities RISE helps individuals in poverty to find long-term, meaningful and stable employment. When someone joins Twin Cities RISE, they are assigned a coach. They participate in the Personal Empowerment program and they are connected with employment opportunities. Twin Cities RISE provides work skills training, internship opportunities, job search assistance, and employment placement. Twin Cities RISE creates long-term results. Eighty-two percent of graduates are still at their job after one year and seventy-five percent after two years. That’s more than double the national job retention average. Through their Reentry Connect program, they have reduced first-year recidivism rates from 43% to 13%. Studies have shown that, for every dollar invested in Twin Cities RISE, they produce seven dollars of social benefit. Social Entrepreneurship Quotes from Tom Streitz “The mission is focused around breaking multigenerational poverty.” “The technical skills someone needs on a job, we believe come after a grounding in emotional intelligence.” “The real foundation of what we’ve done is focusing on outcomes.” “We were a pioneer in Minnesota for Pay for Performance.” “The average income of someone coming into our program last year was around $3,000 to $4,000.” “This is a place where people walk through the door and their future hangs in the balance.” “For those who complete the program, it’s nothing short of a miracle.” “Are you prepared to take this journey? If you are, the outcomes are phenomenal.” “We don’t call people ‘clients.’ They’re participants.” “They’re the ones driving their success. We are a witness to it.” “Our retention rate on the job after one year is 82%, which is double the national a
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Date published: 2016-08-12