The Worth of What They Do
In the past, research on short-term, immersive service-learning programs primarily focused on the benefits to participants. As part of its efforts to build the field of Jewish service-learning, Repair the World commissioned BTW to conduct an exploratory study on the impact of short-term immersive Jewish service-learning on the organizations and communities that host these groups. The study examined projects in the United States, Israel, Nicaragua, Ghana and Ukraine. Overall, BTW found that when projects are well planned and executed, negative impacts are addressed proactively, which result in predominately positive impacts for the host communities.
Repair the World also created a Jewish service-learning search engine to connect Jewish individuals with volunteer and service opportunities.
Courtesy of 21st Century Fellows Program
Diversifying the LGBT Movement
In 2009, the Pipeline Project and the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund's Flexible Leadership Investments Program created the 21st Century Fellows Program to retain and advance managers of color working at LGBT human rights and advocacy organizations. BTW collaborated with program staff to review, analyze and synthesize information collected during the Program's inaugural year. A new report describes the leadership program's model, identifies initial key findings and provides recommendations to inform the program's evolution in the future. Click on the video to the right to hear more about the program and the fellows' experiences.
Supporting Workforce Development Programs
The Bay Area Workforce Funding Collaborative (BAWFC) supports innovative employment strategies and programs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. These programs prepare low-income and disadvantaged adults for jobs in high-wage, high-demand economic sectors, specifically in health care and biotechnology. BTW recently completed its multi-year evaluation of BAWFC's first two grant cycles. The report
examines BAWFC's model and its investments, highlighting key accomplishments, common themes and learnings. It also provides promising practices that have emerged from BAWFC's work and implications for workforce funding collaboratives pursuing broader systems change agendas.