– Implementation of the NEW BOOST™ for Hidden Talent initiative with African Heritage Inc. and New North Inc., the regional economic development corporation for the 18 counties of Northeast Wisconsin, continues to ramp up with the impactful assistance of multiple community partnerships.Through this innovative program, Hidden Talent recruits gain foundational digital literacy skills and can complete other workforce-readiness training modules to help them secure employment in the region.

The NEW BOOST™ (Building Opportunities for Overlooked Sustainable Talent) Hidden Talent project is designed to connect underrepresented racial and ethnic populations, justice-involved individuals and long-term unemployed persons with programs and services that assist them with reentry into the workforce or improvement of their current employment situation. The chronically unemployed or marginally unemployed populations historically are disconnected from many of these services.

“Workforce development today requires that we be proactive in our efforts, rather than the old way of waiting for people to come to us,” says Rebecca Deschane, New North vice president of talent development. “Meeting\ people where they are and expanding recruitment efforts can play a significant role in the success and implementation of talent initiatives involving traditionally underserved populations.”

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