Facts & Results

Facts & Results

Who We Serve

The population served by SJI faces the interrelated challenges of poverty, lack of education/job skills, lack of proficiency in English, and life situational factors that serve as barriers to securing and retaining decent paying jobs.

Career Pathways 5-Year Pilot Results:

SJI recently completed Year 5 of our Career Pathways pilot program. Through this period:

  • Average wage of program graduates placed in jobs: $14.05
  • Average wage of participants placed in jobs after long-term career training: $16.85
  • Three month job retention: 77%

Pathways of program participants :

  • Automotive, Trade, & Logistics: 7%
  • Office Occupations: 32%
  • Healthcare: 29%
  • Manufacturing: 32%



2015 Demographic Info:
Persons of Color 69%
Resident Alien or Refugee 13%
Limited English 8%
Receiving public assistance (TANF, Basic Food or other) 77%
Homeless (includes living temporarily with someone else) 45%
No Postsecondary Credential (including certificates) 82%
Annual income $20,000 or less 93%


  • In addition, our clients speak over 33 different languages.
Job Placement Statistics:
Total Low-Income Individuals Served (1997-2013) 16,764
Total Low-Income Individuals Placed in Jobs (1997-2013) 7,146
One-Year Employment Outcomes 61%
2015 Overall Annual Earnings Advancement 42%


Other Accomplishments
  • Selected by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to lead the nation’s first ever SNAP to Skills project, providing direct technical assistance to ten States to develop, improve, and expand their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training programs (SNAP E&T).
  • Convened thought leaders and nationally renowned presenters in the fields of behavioral sciences, psychology, and design at SJI’s Annual Conference.
  • Helped pilot as well as lead advocacy efforts to preserve and expand Washington State’s Basic Food Employment & Training Program (BF E&T). In its first seven years, the program has accessed more than $30 million in federal funds for employment and training services to more than 45,000 low-income state residents.
  • Conducted original research with our partners to define and advocate for the function of “career and college navigation” — community-based support for low-income/low-skill individuals to access and persist in community college and secure well-paying jobs. This function is now gaining traction both locally and elsewhere in the United States.
  • Developed comprehensive system of best practices with community-based organizations for career navigation, job readiness training and job development.
  • Developed a training model with community colleges that works well for low-income/low-skilled adults and leads to high rates of job placement and retention.
  • Partnered with human service agencies — particularly housing and childcare — and brokered improved access and services for SJI participants.
  • Convened employers across many industry sectors and integrated employer input into training curricula delivered by community colleges.
  • Shared lessons learned in operations and policy at dozens of conferences across the country.