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The East Tennessee Collaborative for the Tennessee Opportunity Initiative Pilot Project

Empowering Individuals. Supporting Businesses. Strengthening Communities.

The Knoxville Area Urban League is a partner agency under the United Way of Greater Knoxville collaborative effort to help individuals and families achieve financial self-sufficiency through the East Tennessee Collaborative program. Through this program, we are working to reduce poverty, increase economic opportunity pathways, and enhance social supports.

The Urban League employs two mobility mentors.  Our Mobility Mentors are trained in the EMPath Model and will use the Bridge to Self-Sufficiency as their guide. Mobility Mentors provide families with coaching and help them plan, reach, and sustain their goals in five essential areas: family stability, well-being, education and training, financial management, and employment and career management.

The Knoxville Area Urban League is functioning as the Workforce Placement agency for this project to help unlock economic opportunities for the participants. Employers are encouraged to partner with us to have access to highly motivated job candidates.  Businesses interested in partnering can reach us at [email protected].