Wed, Oct 19, 2016

Per Scholas Receives National Recognition at the White House My Brother’s Keeper Showcase

We are excited to inform you that Monday morning, October 17th, our CEO, Plinio Ayala presented on-stage at the White House. Plinio was invited to speak at the White House My Brother’s Keeper What Works Showcase in Washington D.C. My Brother’s Keeper is an initiative launched by President Obama aimed to “address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.”

Plinio spoke about Per Scholas’ innovative employer-driven approach amongst thirty of the nation’s premier programs and interventions. Plinio’s presentation at the White House starts at 1:49:00 and can be viewed below:

The Showcase highlighted providers who have demonstrated “rigorous evidence of impact” and here, at Per Scholas, measuring our impact is something we all take very seriously.

In both 2010, and again in 2016, Per Scholas participated in two Randomized Control Trials (RCT) that demonstrated significant impacts related to income, overcoming material hardship and overall well-being. To quote the most recent RCT 2016 MDRC report, “[it] is unusual to see such a consistent pattern of impacts across so many domains...These large impacts on secondary economic measures reaffirm the overall effectiveness of the WorkAdvance program at Per Scholas.”

Full press release can be read here.

Following the morning’s presentations, Plinio was joined by Wayne Kunow, Global Head of Information Risk Management for Barclays Investment Bank along with Jonathan Pena, Per Scholas graduate and Information Risk Manager at Barclays. The three colleagues discussed Per Scholas success with 200 audience members including White House officials, Federal agency representatives, foundations nonprofits, private sector partners and other My Brother’s Keeper stakeholders as well as members of the media. To read more about the event check out the Per Scholas website, the White House Blog and an electronic copy of the day’s program.

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