Public Policy/Advocacy

Disconnected Youth in the Portland Metro Region, 2010

Date posted: 
September 12th, 2014

Roughly 14,000 youth in the City of Portland, Multnomah and Washington Counties are considered to be disconnected, meaning that they are neither in school nor employed. This respresents 11% of youth in our region.

This report examines the demographics of this at-risk population.  // Read more

Measuring Poverty and Self Sufficiency Among Oregon Families, 2010

Date posted: 
March 1st, 2010

Worksystems commissioned the University of Washington to calculate the Self Sufficiency Standard for all Oregon Counties. The Standard is an alternative measure of poverty that is based on a variety of factors including family type and geographic location of residence. Following this study, Worksystems commissioned PSU to analyze and measure the number of families in our region who are not meeting the Self Sufficiency Standard to help us design programs and services to move people into living wage jobs. // Read more

Workforce Resources Mapping Project

Date posted: 
December 1st, 2008

To help us understand the complexity of the workforce development environment in our region, Worksystems commission a resource mapping project to assess the sources of workforce funding and the organizations who administer the resources. This work led to the development of our Aligned Partner Model, an innovative approach to aligning resources amongst organizations serving common customers. // Read more