Investments in Professionals

We recognize that Professionals drive our workforce system to achieve—ensuring that the Professionals that staff our local workforce development providers and agencies have the tools and resources they need to do their jobs effectively is a major value for the Collaborative. The Collaborative makes investments in high-quality professional development and peer-to-peer networking opportunities for workforce practitioners. Some examples include:


Young Workforce Leadership Academy (YWLA) was launched in 2014 by DC Alliance of Youth Advocates and the Institute for Educational Leadership. YWLA is a ten-month, professional development and capacity building curriculum targeted to organizations and government agencies providing youth workforce development programming in the District of Columbia.

DC Adult & Family Literacy Coalition is an alliance of adult learners, educators, advocates, public and private program providers, foundations and individuals from all quadrants of the District of Columbia. Its mission is to advance the cause of literacy, numeracy and technology skills for all adults in DC by advocating for policy that supports these goals, sharing best practices and raising public awareness of adult and family literacy.

First Tuesdays Workforce Advocacy Group is an informal group of workforce advocates, researchers and funders who meet monthly for lunch to work together to improve the workforce development system in the District of Columbia. Its goal is to help all DC residents achieve economic security through policy and practice.