Our Company and Our Brand. A single shared purpose.
What if there were an innovative non-profit that would provide self-sustaining revenues and, more importantly, growth sustaining free cash flow and profits?
Moreover, what if the non-profit’s status as a non-profit itself provides the “killer app” to exploit a major business paradigm shift?
Finally, what if the non-profit’s strategy was to accomplish its goals while changing the face of fundraising from the traditional method of grants and donations, to a model that creates partnerships, where both the partners and benefactors derived significant financial and civil benefits?
Maximum Balance Foundation promises to offer such an opportunity.
Every so often, our expectations of what is possible change. A new idea, an inspired invention, a resourceful person or group appears and alters the way we think about the world. Suddenly, sending a man to the moon, sprinting a mile in under four minutes, replacing a human heart with an artificial one, and redefining the face of inner city economic development are no longer laughable propositions. We owe every quantum leap in our evolution as a society to those sorts of catalysts.
Maximum Balance Foundation Social Purpose Corporation is a 20-member volunteer Business Advisory Council that provide oversight and guidance in program development and operations. The group is the consortium of secondary schools, community colleges, labor agencies, and employers and industry representatives that commit to building career pathways leading to jobs in high-demand industries that offer “stackable” credentials (i.e., a sequence of credentials that can be accumulated over time).
The Re-entry program targets veterans with significant barriers to employment, including but not limited to: special disabled1 or disabled veterans2; homeless veterans; recently separated service members who have been unemployed for 27 or more weeks in the previous 12 months; an offender, as identified in WIOA Section 3 (38), who is currently incarcerated or who has been released from incarceration; a veteran lacking a high school diploma or equivalent certificate; a low-income individual [as defined by WIOA Section 3 (36); and, women and minorities.
CityLab Professional (our brand) extends the reach as a consortium of companies, nonprofit associations and professional societies, STEAMM-related research & policy organizations, government entities, universities and academic institutions concerned with STEAMM education (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ARTS, MUSIC, and MATH) and the future of human capital in the United States, making it possible to hire our students on successful completion of certification exams.
One of our partners, offering stackable credentials is the Cisco Systems Network Academy and provides
Job Readiness Training and Employment Introductions.
Early pioneers at Cisco have served as guest speakers, worked with participants on interview skills, provided Internships and hired participants to help achieve the organization’s curriculum, and our unique content modified to be culturally relevant.
CityLab Professional, our brand within local TechShops, helps form a community where prospects are paired with backers to form individual social-financial agreements that are “designed to unlock potential and create a long-term sense of shared purpose.”
We welcome the opportunity to build, develop core staff, and prepare incarcerated students for the Cisco IT Essentials Exam.
Shared Purpose and Values
Our 20-member volunteer Business Advisory Council provides oversight and guidance in program development and operations. They also assist us with Job Readiness Training by way of Department of Apprenticeship Standards Agreements (Under File #29710).
This group of secondary schools, community colleges, labor agencies, employers and industry representatives, nonprofit associations, professional societies, STEAMM-related research & policy organizations, government entities, Universities and Academic Institutions; concerned with STEAMM education (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ARTS, MUSIC, and MATH) and the future of a pool of diverse human capital in the United States Information Technology Career fields.
Together, we are committed to building career pathways leading to jobs in high-demand industries that offer “stackable” credentials (i.e., a sequence of credentials that can be accumulated over time).
Members serve a minimum of 100 hours as guest speakers, work with participants on interview skills, provide Internships and hire participants to help achieve our mission.
Our Focus Counties are:
Alameda, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake Trinity, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo County, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Yolo.
Focused counties noted above does not necessarily exclude counties outside of our initial pilot program initiatives.
We Support/Create initiatives to enable school and educational systems to implement innovative teaching practices in science, technology, engineering, arts, music, and mathematics (STEAMM).
We prepare students for bay area jobs requiring knowledge of advanced 5G wireless network systems and are responsible for evangelizing Cisco Meraki through our world-class CMNA technical certification course and customized technical engagement program at the school called CityLab.
Each Class receives at a minimum:
12 45 Minute Coaching Videos
12 Illustrated Lab Study Guides
12 Curriculum Study Guides
12 Action Step Checklists
Weekly Group Forums
Weekly Group Lessons
Exit Exam and Certification
Reducing Recidivism and Foster Care Leadership Training
This is a life-changing program that focuses on the academic development and life skills. The curriculum is based upon the seven modules: Public Speaking, College Prep, Responsible Citizenship, Arts/Self Expression and Self Realization, Financial Literacy, Leadership 101 and Etiquette.
CityLab Leadership Academy is designed to follow participants step-by-step through high school and transition them into college not only utilizing the modules but also with tools designed to assist them in some of the life’s most basic day-to-day essentials, needed in the IT Career Field.
The curriculum is based upon the seven modules: Public Speaking, College Prep, Responsible Citizenship, Arts/Self Expression and Self Realization, Financial Literacy, Leadership 101 and Etiquette.
Additionally, the CityLab Professional through its OJT and Apprenticeship Programs (DAS Form 29710) is designed to follow participants step-by-step through high school and transition them into college not only utilizing the modules but also with “Toolboxes” designed to assist them in some of life’s most basic day-to-day essentials.
Our Social Motive is giving incarcerated fathers a vision that they have a unique and irreplaceable role in the life of their child along with increased confidence and changes in attitude and skills is a powerful motivator for successful reentry into a community.
And a strong reinforcer for the child seeking academic success, combined with the creative financing described above, we organically empower communities to bring families together in a dignified way.
Backers provide money to pay for education, training, and equipment (such as tools), offer advice, encouragement, and connections.
Interested parties can participate in General Sessions each third weekend, or request a private 12-week program through a Memorandum of Understanding.
CityLab founder, Johnny Clarke works with venture-funded startups to implement SuperSaturday, MakeIT TakeIT, Re-Innovations, and Coffee Trike Coffee.
Further, in 1999 he received Special Congressional Recognition, a Texas Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service, he is also a winner of Southwest Airlines Freedom Fighter Award for public service, Mr. Clarke was also recognized by the United States Presidential Volunteer Service Committee for Lifetime Achievement in 2011.
From 2011-2015, his team pioneered a successful County Jail Recidivism Reduction program, with the assistance of Cisco Network Academy.
CityLab, “The Inside/Out Program” was designed to provide live lectures twice a week, with students putting in the long hours of work and study to leave confinement with the ability to work in many of the Bay Area Startups that have little concern with prejudicial pasts.