Jubilee On the Job

As you may have seen in our agency report, Jubilee is investing in Workforce and Opportunity programs for its 62-block neighborhood and the Southeast Dallas community.

Last fall, we piloted the first of three certificate programs designed to be accessible, quick, and tailored to middle-skill career paths available through nearby employers. Talk about reducing barriers to employment!

The first certificate program was in food handling for those interested in working in food or formalizing a food business. The class filled up almost immediately, and Jubilee has now hosted three cohorts of the program.


The next certificate was in private security, which was also completely full. Guest speakers from local security companies and the Deep Ellum Foundation visited to offer insight into security careers and practical advice for the field. Of course, our good friends at DPD were there to share how security experience could transfer into a job with Dallas Police!

“Thank you for connecting me with your safety and security program. I was very impressed and it was just what I need. I took criminal justice courses before, but this was more practical and inspiring. I can’t wait for Level III.” —Martin

Jubilee was also lucky enough to have volunteers host a Resume Workshop in our computer lab, offering tips on formatting, content, and phrasing. Thank you, Kara, for organizing this workshop using your corporate expertise!

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So what about actual jobs? We know of at least four people who got interviews after the security certificate program, and at least one person got a job after the resume workshop (making $16 per hour, more than double her previous position)!

We’re excited for these new additions and we hope you’ll join us: could you be a guest speaker for our teens or adults? Could you help with our next interview or resume workshop? Would you take an hour a month to help someone practice their English skills? Email volunteer@jubileecenter.org to let us know your interests and availability!