Johnny Lee Clarke is the founder of CityLab, his team leads development by training entrepreneurs and senior executives to understand how to approach the topic, of social return on investment, and highlight key success factors and point to common pitfalls, with real working models at local Techshops.
Johnny has worked with companies such as Cisco, Pepsi, Intel, Southwestern Bell, and SouthWest Airlines. He has been recognized by the United States Presidential Volunteer Service Committee, received a Special Congressional Recognition, and was awarded the Texas Governor's Award for Volunteer Service in 1999, among many other recognitions.
From 2011-2015, his team pioneered a successful County Jail Recidivism Reduction program, with the assistance of Cisco Network Academy.
The 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 he ability to work in many of the Bay Area Startups that have little concern with prejudicial pasts.
This effort has not only turned the yearly $53K tax-payer burden on San Francisco County inmate costs in rehabilitation; into a gain once the student was employed for the same figure, and by certifying the first class in IT Essentials, the program also made it possible for men to obtain these IT jobs, support families, and remain free of further incarceration; over the last four years, (without this training, the average is 60% of 35-year-old males return to SBCJ #5 in 24 months after release).
With the success of Mentoring Men's Movement CityLab, our team is currently developing additional county jail social innovation programs, that provide long-term job growth in underserved areas in the United States.
At his speaking and workshop engagements with companies, business schools and governments around the world Johnny outlines how organizations can systematically and pragmatically approach this business model innovation, and qualify to hire these great students.
A business, consortium of businesses, or a trade union that identifies an Information Technology (IT) training need, and then partners with a public Community or Technical college to fill its specific needs.
Our Skills Development Fund pays for the training, the college administers the grant, and businesses create new jobs and improve the skills of their current workers.
Over the course of the preview, Johnny covers connecting things to the internet of everything, and practical ways to apply the learnings from the class.
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