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LEADERSHIP

SDEP LEADERSHIP

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Wes Jurey
Managing Partner, SDEP
Executive Director, Redemption Bridge

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Dr. Froswa’ Booker-Drew
Chair, SDEP Advisory Council
Owner,  Soulstice Consultancy, LLC

Wes Jurey is a Managing Partner of The South Dallas Employment Project, and Executive Director of Redemption Bridge, a non-profit intermediary, focused on establishing new models for workforce development. He is also the Founder, President and CEO of the Agriculture Technology Innovation Partnership (ATIP) Foundation, affiliated with the United States Department of Agriculture; Senior Advisor to the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council.

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Froswa’ Booker-Drew, Ph.D. is Chair of The South Dallas Employment Project Advisory Committee, and Owner of Soulstice Consultancy, LLC. She is a Network Weaver who believes relationships are the key to our personal, professional and organizational growth. She has been quoted/featured in Forbes, Ozy, Bustle, Huffington Post, Modern Luxury and other media outlets, due to an extensive background in leadership, nonprofit management, philanthropy, partnership development, training and education. 

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SUPPORT STAFF

John Benson

Director of Programs

jbenson.rbridge@gmail.com

Kristi Holman

Director of Marketing & Communications

kholman.klmgmt@gmail.com

Liliana Carranza
Director of Administration
lcarranza.rbridge@gmail.com

Mariela Torres
Navigator
info@southdallasemploymentproject.org

COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE

In February 2020, SDEP introduced the Concept of “Communities of Practice“ - a partnership of provider organizations, regardless of whether they are nonprofit or for profit; government or private sector. It is based on the type of services and/or support they provide. That has resulted, to date, in formal partnerships and letters of commitment from 100+ organizations, guided by Redemption Bridge, in partnership with the State Fair of Texas.  This approach provides a collaborative framework supporting all of the participating organizations, Public and Private sector, focused on what they are doing and can provide, creating a cross pollination of ideas, concepts, & practices, as well as networking in the following areas:

     (1) Living Wage Employment

     (2) Housing

     (3) Transportation

     (4) Health, Wellness & Recovery

     (5) Community Connectivity

     (6) Digital Access

     (7) Public Policy

Living Wage Employment 

Living Wage Employment is focused on employment for opportunity populations living in South Dallas. This group has identified (1) the high demand occupational sectors that will interview, without prejudice, opportunity populations with the skills & competencies needed; (2) the industry certifications nationally recognized by those sectors; (3) the primary issues to address with public education and higher education; (4) the Pre and Post Release Support available; and (5) the Resources needed.

Transportation

Transportation is developing a strategy that will result in meeting the transportation needs of opportunity populations living in South Dallas. The process includes identifying (1) the potential partners; and (2) the resources needed. Our partners provide direct transportation assistance and character loans to purchase autos. The North Central Texas Council of Governments has mapped all means of public transit and infrastructure that has identified unserved areas. We are working with the City, NCTCOG & TxDOT to determine additional transit options, since the average mean time for residents to commute to work is 30 minutes. 

Community Connectivity

Community Connectivity has established a strategic approach to support the successful re-integration of opportunity populations returning to and living in South Dallas. Our partners provide direct support connecting individuals with training, wrap around services, and with faith based organizations that provide a positive social support network. 

Digital Inclusion

Digital Inclusion is developing, expanding and improving the Infrastructure & Technology that support information exchange necessary to serve as the communications foundation that supports the successful re-integration of opportunity populations returning to and living in South Dallas. SDEP Partners are working with the Federal Reserve Bank and Magellan Consultants to establish a Strategic Plan focused on (1) Access; (2) Affordability; (3) Equipment; and (4) Literacy. 

Housing

Housing is focused on ensuring there are adequate housing opportunities for residents living in and returning to South Dallas. This group has (1) assessed the demographics of the population, and the number of housing units available; (2) identified the primary needs, as well as the deterrents; (3) identified and engaged the critical resource partners; (4) developed an overall strategic approach; and

(5) identified the strategies and tactics that will guide the implementation of our strategic plan. 3 sub-groups include: 

A. Multi-Family
B. Pilot Projects
     1. Opportunity Housing Project
     2. Project Bethurum
     3. St Phillips School & Community Center
C. Strategic Planning

Health, Wellness & Recovery

Health, Wellness & Recovery's objective is focused on a strategic approach that will result in expanding the availability of Health, Wellness & Recovery services in South Dallas.  We are (1) identifying the primary needs; (2) identifying and engaging the primary resource partners; (3) identifying the necessary stakeholders and the manner in which we will engage them; (4) our general approach to the issue of health, wellness and recovery; and (5) the processes necessary to implement our approach. Our partners deliver health, wellness, and recovery services; we are also assessing the need for and will establish a plan to expand health care services and providers in the area. 

Public Policy

Public Policy is developing a strategic approach to identify and address the most critical Public Policy Issues that adversely impact opportunity populations, and propose Public Policy that effectively enable opportunity populations. This group works with SDEP Government Partners to (1) identify and engage the primary stakeholders; (2) identify potential resource partners; and (3) develop a specific approach that educates and informs elected officials, decision makers, thought and opinion leaders, and the general public. Our partners, including leading state justice think tanks and advocacy organizations, are identifying public policies that impede progress; working to change them; and promoting policies that can improve or provide opportunities.