Birth2Work is a nexus for the sharing and synthesis of information in support of parents, community stakeholder leaders, and retired professionals who are committed to the successful development of young people. Founders and current leaders Elane V. Scott and Rick Stephens work across economic sectors (government, health, business, media, education, and non-profits), helping professionals understand their shared roles in shaping young people for the future workforce. When common ground and common interests are established among them, collaborative actions are aligned. With youth being an established, urgent community focus, parents and stakeholders can take an integrated approach to helping young people achieve their potential. In order to step into the 21st century economy as capable, thoughtful citizens with skills to compete in the workforce, young people need guidance from birth – hence the company’s name, “Birth – to – Work.”
Birth2Work has engaged with and supported a diverse range of community organizations and companies in the development and implementation of workforce pipeline strategies, including: LEGO, Ronald McDonald House Charities, MasterCard International, Texas Workforce Commission, Jack Canfield’s GOALS, Thomson Scientific, Huntsville Chamber of Commerce (Alabama), The National Science Resource Center (Washington DC), Southeast Area Social Services Funding Authority, The Boeing Company, Screen Actors Guild, The State of Illinois Dropout Summit, NASA, The Vermillion Advantage (Illinois), Alvord School District (Riverside, CA), Anne Arundel County Public School (Annapolis, MD), Los Angeles County Office of Education’s S.T.A.R. program, El Paso del Norte Community Development, and the Santa Fe Institute.
Published works co-authored by Scott and Stephens include their book The System: Igniting the Soul of Commerce, and the white paper "Ensuring Workforce Skills of the Future: The Birth to Work Pipeline".
Birth2Work has recorded almost 100 Internet radio interviews with national and international stakeholder notables including internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation Sir Ken Robinson; New York Times bestselling author of the memoir My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor; Robert J. Sampson, Professor, Harvard School of Sociology; Emmy award-winning TV and film director Alexander Singer; and the current President of Baylor University, Ken Starr. These programs and many more are available for streaming or download on the Birth2Work website.
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