Platform to Employment

Platform to Employment educates job seekers and connects them with employment. (1:40)

Platform to Employment (P2E), developed by The Workplace, addresses the need for the long term unemployed to return to work and the employer need to recruit skilled workers. Platform to Employment provides workshops and personal counseling while placing participants in subsidized work experiences in fields for which they are qualified. The program gives businesses a risk-free opportunity to evaluate and consider hiring participants during an eight-week work experience program.

B Lab

B Lab helps certify certify businesses to be socially, fiscally, and environmentally conscious in their operations. (1:40)

B Lab is a 501©3 nonprofit that serves a global movement of entrepreneurs using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Lab serves these entrepreneurs through three interrelated initiatives—certification, legislation, analytics — that provide them the legal infrastructure and help them attract the customers, talent, and capital to scale. This nonprofit group certifies companies as “B Corps,” which means they are beneficial for people and the planet (The B stands for Benefit.)


Girlstart promotes science and mathematics education for girls. (1:26)

Girlstart’s mission is to increase girls’ interest and engagement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through innovative, nationally recognized informal STEM education programs. Girlstart aspires to be the national leader in designing and implementing innovative, high-quality informal STEM education programs that inspire girls to transform our world. Through its comprehensive programming, Girlstart provides a year-round, intensive suite of STEM education programs for K-12 girls.

Champlain Housing Trust

Champlain Housing Trust (CHT) seeks a new way for neighborhood renewal and preservation. (1:43)

Champlain Housing Trust formed in 1984 when a group of local activists banded together to fight gentrification of their neighborhood. They worked with the City of Burlington, Vermont’s newly-established Community and Economic Development Office to seek a new way for neighborhood renewal and preservation by providing opportunities for low-income residents to build wealth and stability through sustainable homeownership. CHT has 565 homes in its shared equity portfolio, the largest in the nation and many cities, counties and other local governments are pursuing this model.

P-Tech (Pathways in Technology Early College High School)

P-Tech revolutionizes the structure of high school. (1:37)

P-Tech revolutionizes the structure of high school by encouraging students to attend the school for grades 9 through 14. Over those six years, the goal is for students to complete both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree. Graduates can either enter the workforce equipped with a postsecondary degree – no tuition, so no student debt – or continue on to a traditional college with a bevy of class credits in hand.

Global Detroit

Global Detroit is a key innovator in the revitalization of Southeast Michigan’s economy. (1:37)

Global Detroit is a key innovator in the revitalization of Southeast Michigan’s economy and is a national leader in an emerging economic development field centered on welcoming, retaining, and empowering immigrant communities as valued contributors to regional growth. Since 2010, Global Detroit has been launching initiatives conceived in the Global Detroit Study that tap into immigrants’ talent, innovation, entrepreneurial spirit, and determination to foster regional job growth and prosperity.