Examples of Current Projects
Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma
Cross Sector is proud to work with Goodwill to develop an Employment and Training Alliance in Central Oklahoma with the goal of sustainable employment for individuals across the region. A Collective Impact structure will be used to bring together nonprofits, educators, employers and jobseekers to work together on a shared agenda and shared metrics. This work is made possible by a grant to Goodwill from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.
Center for Employment Opportunities
Cross Sector provides consultation and support for CEO (ceoworks.org) as they increase their investment in Oklahoma using an evidence-based model to serve more individuals transitioning from incarceration with a focus on employment outcomes and reduced recidivism.
Corporation for Supportive Housing
CSH and Cross Sector are partnering to plan and implement a supportive housing demonstration for high-risk transition-age-youth in Oklahoma. The ultimate goal of the project is to set the stage for bringing the initiative to scale utilizing a Pay for Success model. This project is made possible with funding from the Arnall Family Foundation. For more information on CSH, please visit csh.org.
Arnall Family Foundation
AFF contracted with Cross Sector to help structure Oklahoma’s second Pay for Success contract leveraging private investment to improve outcomes for children and families. State dollars are spent only if successful outcomes are achieved. This is one of approximately 23 executed Pay for Success contracts in the US. Cross Sector continues to provide consultation throughout implementation and evaluation.
Public, private and nonprofit entities have been convened by Cross Sector in partnership with the Inasmuch Foundation to explore a pay-for-success contract aimed at improving outcomes for justice-involved youth while simultaneously reducing costs.
Oklahoma Works for All
Cross Sector is working with ABLE Tech, Dept. of Career and Technology Education, Dept. of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Dept. of Human Services, Dept. of Rehabilitation Services, Developmental Disabilities Council, Office of Juvenile Affairs, Office of Workforce Development, Oklahoma Family Network, OUHSC Center for Learning and Leadership and the State Department of Education to launch Oklahoma Works for All (OWFA).
Human-centered design will be used to create a customized employment pilot in the South Central Workforce area (Lawton and Chickasha) for individuals with an intellectual disability. The pilot will track progress toward federal workforce development measures along with customer-defined measures of success.
OWFA also includes work with local schools districts, families of children with an intellectual disability and family advocates to utilize a LifeCourse model focused on long-term planning, natural supports and maximizing the vision for what is possible for the child and family. This will be incorporated into the development of Individual Education Plans in pilot sites.
The Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development (Oklahoma Works) utilizes Cross Sector to provide consultation and facilitation in support of American Job Center One-Stop Operating Budget development; planning and prioritization for the Youth Committee of the Governor’s Council for Economic and Workforce Development; and, planning for the Oklahoma Assocation of Workforce Development Boards. Cross Sector previously provided facilitation for updating the Oklahoma Unified Plan under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014.
Western Oklahoma Workforce Development Region
Cross Sector is working with the South Central and Western Oklahoms Workforce Boards serving 33 counties engage health care sector employers, educators, employees and students to develop a strong, well-prepared health care workforce.
Northeast Oklahoma Workforce Development Board
The NEWDB contracted with Cross Sector to engage health care sector employers, educators, employees and students to develop a strong, well-prepared health care workforce in Northeast Oklahoma.
Oklahoma Assocation for Infant Mental Health
Cross Sector is providing strategic planning consultation for OKAIMH.