Code for America

Region of Impact
United States
Total funding
$1.5 million
Funding began in
2017
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Overview

Improving America’s workforce development system through digital tools

What they do

America’s publicly funded workforce system is designed to support the most vulnerable, but it suffers from underinvestment in resources and capacity. In 2016, about 22 million jobseekers accessed services like training and job search help through the system, but the process is confusing and disempowering. Services can be tough to navigate, case managers’ work loads are expanding, and front-line technologies aren’t user-friendly. Not enough people are accessing the information and assistance they need to secure employment and too many Americans remain caught in a persistent cycle of poverty.

Code for America changes how government serves the American public, and how the public improves government. They combine the ease and efficiency of digital with the power and scale of government to improve access to crucial services.

Through its economic opportunity program , Code for America is partnering with workforce development boards to create new technologies that help job seekers easily find the resources they need. For example, in its pilot deployment, Code for America developed CareerPathNOLA , which prepares job seekers for a visit to a job center.

How we're helping

Over the next two years, Google.org is providing funding and Googler volunteers to help Code for America develop and scale new technologies to connect 30,000 job seekers with training and job search support. This initiative will lay the groundwork for redesigning and modernizing the technology that powers America’s workforce system, supporting millions of people find employment.

Project gallery

Code for America team maps a job seeker’s journey.
Code for America fellow Clorama Dorvilias works with Anchorage resident to improve job finding process.
A Code for America affiliate addresses volunteers as they meet around a table
Local job seekers engage in a card-sorting activity with Code for America field workers
A Code for America field worker speaks to job seekers while others map CareerPathNOLA user needs on the wall
A Code for America field worker speaks to a group of people at a job fair

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