How & Where JOTF Impacts Our Community

JOTF works to eliminate educational and employment barriers for low-wage workers by transforming the systems and policies that create and perpetuate those barriers.

Each day, JOTF works relentlessly to eliminate obstacles to meaningful, stable employment through investments in adult education and skills training, effective public policy reform, and cutting-edge research.  By doing so, we’re able to consistently help low-wage workers advance to high-paying jobs and create paths for workers from every possible background to thrive and prosper.

Project JumpStart

Project JumpStart is an 87-hour pre-apprenticeship construction training program for Baltimore City residents managed by JOTF and Associated Builders and Contractors.  Training includes construction math, tool training, safety skills and certifications, and entry-level skills in electrical, plumbing and carpentry.

  • Since 2006, over 1,000 Baltimore residents with significant employment challenges enrolled
  • 80% of graduates were placed in industry employment with an $13/hr average starting wage

Public Policy & Advocacy

Our policy team focuses on advancing public policy initiatives that improve the economic opportunities and well-being of Maryland’s low-income workers.  JOTF’s public policy priorities focus on:

  • Adult education, post-secondary access and affordability
  • Wages, benefits, and supports
  • Skills training
  • Decriminalizing Poverty
  • Access to affordable transportation options
  • Reducing the impact of incarceration on workers

Research & Public Education

The combination of JOTF’s advocacy and programmatic work is supported and influenced by our cutting-edge research and public education efforts.  JOTF’s recent publications, which can be found on our website include:

JOTF is powered by passionate, purpose-driven people who know a better future can only come through better opportunities.

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