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Woodlawn Booster (Newspaper) - June 3, 1964, Woodlawn, Illinois T.W.O. ENTERS MANPOWER RETRAINING PROGRAM Gets Contract From Labor Department THE MOST WIDELY READ NEWSPAPER IN A REBQRNING COMMUNITY The Woodlawn Organiza- tion has received a grant from the U. S. Depart- ment of Labor to undertake an experimental job retrain- ing program. The contract, signed on May 19 by die Rev. Lyn- ward Stevenson, president of T.W.O., calls for a ISmondi retraining program for some 200 unskilled beads of fami- lies in die Woodlawn com- munity. Representatives from various federal agencies, die Illinois State Employment Service and die mayor's of- fice along wtdi member or- ganizations of T.W.O. were present at die signing cere- mony held at T.W.O. head- quarters, 1129 E. 63rd St. The training plan will "un- dertake a program to ex- plore and demonstrate how those in an area of high unemployment and especial- ly low income can be suc- cessfully trained and placed in T.W.O. has maintained for a long time that some peo- ple are capable of perform- ing functions of certain jobs; however, they are not always capable of passing tests. This program will be an experiment involvEgTlhi- versity of Chicago faculty members in research on re- training policies and abili- ties not indicated on an ex- amination. Traditional methods to re- duce unemployment have been used in this area with little success. The reason being, many are unable to qualify for regular job train- ing. A number of persons have ceased to believe that there are lobs for them due to a lack in skills. Discrimina- tory employment practices on die part of some com- panies have also discouraged potential workers. Provided for under the Manpower Development Act, which was recently enacted by Congress, the program will: 1. Use existing Manpower Development and Training Act Institutional training programs, approved by die Illinois State Employment Service and die Vocational Education agencies. Train- ing programs will be set up in such occupations as auto- matic screw machine opera- tor, automobile mechanic, clerk-typist, laboratory technician, practical nurse, welder, etc. 2. Create a tutoring pro- gram to make up for basic educational deficiencies, to be carried on before, dur- ing and after the training period. Such a program may be conducted by graduate students from die University of Chicago. 3. Provide personal spon- sorship of individual train- ees by die Woodlawn Or- ganization group members. A block club, civic or church group will sek out unem- ployed persons in the Im- mediate area who whould be interested in receiving training. The sponsor will encourage the applicant in his endeavor, and to pro- vide community support as the trainee begins his new work experience. 4. Provide counseling OB many different levels, In- eluding group counseling, which will provide die trmla which will provide the trainees with die opportunity to discuss and work out their problems togedier, as well as individual and family counseling, by staff mem- bers hired by die Woodlawn Organization. Tests will also be made to provide the coun- selor with information on die trainee's basic skills and vo- cational Interests, if such test information is not al- ready from other sources. 5. Evaluate die project to determine the success of placement on a long-range basis, bow die trainees com- pare with comparable train- ees working only' with die i Employment Service, and if relations between die unem- ployed persons and govern- ment agencies can be sub- stantially improved in this area. This evaluation would be carried out by the Uni- versity of Chicago staff mmbers. The group of University staff members who will work with die retraining program is headed by RobertD.Hess, chairman of the U of C Com- mittee on Human Develop- ment. Hess stated that the pro- gram represents a new ap- proach to retraining labor- ers put out of work by auto- mation. Present training programs are able to pro- vide for only a small pro- portion of the total number of unemployed workers be- cause they screen applicants by means of tests which measure their educational level. These tests, he said, com- pletely ignore such factors as reliability, past employ- ment records, and the ability tolleara by on-the-Job train- ing. The significance of this new approach, Hess ex- plained, is that everything is to be conducted on a personal level, both in die selection of die trainees and the support given them throughout die program. If diis program is suc- cessful, it will serve as a guide line for die nation in general. It will provide proof dial present retraining pro- grams rely on screening de- vices which are both un- reliable and unjust to die cul- turally deprived. This experimental pro- gram represents die com- posite efforts of four sepa- rate entities. It is a co- operative project which will shed light on die attitude and condition of die economic failure of die unemployed and their social despair. The Federal Government provided the funds, die Illi- nois State Employment Ser- vice will provide die actual training, T.W.O. will select die trainees and maintain personal contact with diem and die University of Chi- cago will study die progress of die experiment. A meeting is scheduled by die U of C, the State Employment Service and T.W.O. to determine when die program will get under- way and also the initial courses. Plan Tea At Coffee Sip THE ANNUAL TEA COMMITTEE of Woodlawn Mediodist church, 1204 E. 64tii st., sip coffee after a meeting called to discuss the tea which will be held on June 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. The theme of the event will be 'A Festival of. It will be held in ffie church parlor. Members of die committee from left to right are: Mrs. Theodore Reed, 6352 Greenwood ave; Mrs. Joseph Johnson, 8030 Cottage Grove ave; Mrs. Arthur Bell, 1465 E. 6661 pi.; Mrs. Grace Allen, 6550 Greenwood ave.; Mrs. Irene Simpson, 4414 Cottage Grove ave.; and Mrs. Maze 6243 Greenwood ave. Southside Committee Slates Awards Dinner The Southside Community Committee's 23rd annual membership and a wards din- ner Is slated for June 7 at 2 p.m. The event will be .held in the Great Hall, of die Pick-Congress hotel, 520 Church To Celebrate 5th Year mrnxtA -by kuqpM in chwch MS p.m. The Rev. James ptstor of lite church.. S. Michigan ave. on Youdi'_Js die theme of die Some 35 Junior City Officials of Chicago will be honored during die occasion. Her Honor, Judy Axelrod, Junior Mayor, will preside while her cabinet Jr. Officials oc- cupy special seats of honor. Mayor Richard Daley or his proxy will pay special tribute to youth of Chicago as he presents die awards to honored guests. Mrs. George Beadle, wife of die President of die University of Chicago will give a Tri- bute To address. She will be guest speaker of die occasion. Hyde Park High School's 100-voice Cappella choir, under die direction of Jer- ome K. Ramsfeeld, will per- form. Mirian Maslon, vale- dictorian of die June 1964 graduation class of Hyde Park is an honored guest. Mrs. Alfreda M. Duster, staff worker assigned to die SCC by the Illinois Youth Commission is die adult hoo- oree. She is die duaghter of die famous crusaderfor jus- tice, Mrs. Ida B. Wells, for whom die first public hous- ing In Chicago is named., Mrs. Duster has beenwidi die SCC since its beginning in 1941. She first served in a volunteer capacity and for more than 15 years as stan writer. Barbara Aim Ned, a stu- dent at Roosevelt University and twice winner on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour, will be' honored and also will sing a number of selections. Wadsworth Newspaper Wins Medalist Rating James Wadsworth school, 6420 University ave., re- ceived die Medalist rating for its school newspaper, Wadsworth Review, in die fortieth annual contest of the Columbian Scholastic Press association. This is die highest rating given to an elementary school newspaper. Every year since Wadswordi en- tered this contest it has won either firstpiace or medalist ratings. Other medalist winnings were in In this contest elementary school newspaper from all over die United Sates com- pete. The Wadsworth Review was also a recipient of an award from the Elementary Press association for its excellent paper. Faculty sponsor of the Wadswordi Review is Mrs. Clementine Skinner, school librarian.
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