The Westbrook Economic Action Initiative

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The Westbrook Economic Action Initiative (WEAI) was established in 2017 as part of the work of the Shoreline Basic Needs Task Force (SBNTF) and Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries (SSKP) to work with the *ALICE population in lower Middlesex county.  ALICE ("Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed") is an ongoing study by United Way throughout the U.S. of those whose income falls below levels needed to cover basic needs required to work effectively, including food, shelter, transportation and child care and other necessities.  According to the latest version of the study (2018), the ALICE population of Westbrook in 2016 was 33%.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. 

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WEAI consists of a cross section of involved residents representing businesses, non-profit organizations, and town dedicated volunteers.  The following thirteen substantive areas being addressed by WEAI :

A common theme is how to reach the ALICE (Asset-Llimited, Income-Constrained, Employed) residents addressed directly by the Communications Committee and open to all ideas.

A.

Career/College Readiness Coordinator

Information and opportunities for Students & A.L.I.C.E.

career-wordsThe Westbrook High School Career Connections initiative aims to provide students with opportunities to apply academic learning through workplace experiences and help them focus on realistic career choices and preparation for those future careers.   

The Career/College Readiness Coordinator contact information:

Leslie Carson

Career/College Readiness Coordinator

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860.399.6214

For more information, please click here to access to the Career Connections For Our Community:

Westbrook High School Career Connections

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Jobs And Training

Identifying opportunities for jobs and job training for a higher skilled world

For more information, please click here to access Career Connections For Our Community

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C.

Technical Education

Providing access to general skills for a higher technology

D.

Entrepreneurship

Developing Entrepreneurial potential in ALICE and students

E.

Successful Employees

Teaching students and ALICE how to be a more successful employee

F.

Language Literacy

Assisting ALICE with English language training

G.

Financial Literacy

Enhancing knowledge about common personal financial issues

H.

Childcare

Reporting on available childcare options

I.

Transportation

Helping create more effective transportation systems for jobs/employability

J.

Mentoring

Investigating, designing and implementing a mentoring program for students and ALICE residents 

K.

Developing Commercial Spaces

Maximizing use of commercial areas for higher skilled business/jobs

L.

Limiting Burdensome Regulations

Minimizing unnecessary interference with higher skilled businesses/jobs

M.

Communications

Maximizing ability to inform ALICE