says Quincy Roseborough. “When folks start working, when they’re gainfully employed, it helps to create more peaceful and vibrant communities.” Quincy’s work has consistently involved job development and community building, and in his 14 years at Metropolitan he’s seen how they are inextricably linked as elements of economic stability.
Moving forward, he’s building that same community online. Metropolitan’s Workforce Development model focuses on an introduction to what resources or opportunities are available, instruction in the form of customized trainings to meet job seekers where they are, and investment by placing job seekers with employers.
“COVID-19 has created an opportunity to be innovative in our service delivery,” shares Quincy. “These tools are already there, people are learning how to use these things online. It’s not impossible, it’s just unthinkable – until we think of it.”
His teams learn from feedback they receive, body language they see, and attendance, what works and what doesn’t, and what to incorporate moving forward to ensure Metropolitan’s workforce programs are as inclusive as possible.
Quincy serves in several community-based organizations, including One Chicago For All and the Community Based Organization Collective, where he collaborates across Chicago in building equity and inclusion in the employment space, from creating a single entry point for employers to find skilled job candidates, “so we can be more responsive to their needs,” to removing the felony disclosure on job applications, and beyond.