Just imagine the impact of a $28,000 pay raise on a family struggling to make ends meet. Now consider the community impact when 38 families see a combined increase of $1,000,000. This describes the work of Per Scholas.
On March 1st, Flywheel presented Per Scholas with the Social Enterprise Award at Social Venture Partners’ Fast Pitch. With this award of $5,000 in technical assistance, Flywheel will help guide Per Scholas as they seek to replicate the $1,000,000 success of their partnership with THRIVE Urban Impact Sourcing and Ingage Partners.
Flywheel received over a dozen applicants and was inspired by the work of many organizations. In the end, the judges (Dan Geeding, Jenny Powell, Joe Vallo, Melisse May and Naashom Marx) recommended Per Scholas to receive the award because of their proven model of success and potential for impact.
According to Flywheel Executive Director Bill Tucker, “Per Scholas was chosen for the Social Enterprise Award because of its potential for social impact, proven model, and opportunities for growth.” Flywheel is looking forward to assisting Per Scholas with market research and community networking to help them expand their reach. Upon accepting the award, Managing Director for Per Scholas Cincinnati Paul Cashen said, “we look forward to Flywheel’s assistance with fitting our programs to the current market and building new employer partnerships to connect our talented graduates with careers in IT.” The mission of Per Scholas, which is to promote economic growth and diversity in the IT workplace, aligns with Flywheel’s mission to support social enterprises that create significant, sustainable social impact in the local area.
Flywheel is the Greater Cincinnati region’s hub for nonprofit and social enterprise development and networking. By connecting social entrepreneurs with technical assistance, partnerships, and other consulting resources, Flywheel creates momentum in the social-entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Per Scholas provides free technical training and career opportunities for low-income people who are unemployed or underemployed in the Cincinnati area. Their programs empower individuals with skills to meet the real and growing market demand for IT skilled workers, and provide them with a clear path to economic self-sufficiency through technology jobs. Today, more than 50 employers in Greater Cincinnati regularly turn to Per Scholas as a go-to for reliable, high-performing candidates. This, in turn, helps unemployed and low-income people find placement and succeed in family-supporting, long-term tech careers.