Q: What value can setting up an advisory board bring to an EWDJT program?

Two of the most important activities undertaken by successful grantees are the development of strong partnerships and the establishment of active (not token) and participatory advisory boards. Working advisory boards provide the following contributions to EWDJT programs:

  • Direction regarding job skills in demand (labor market assessment)
  • Curriculum guidance
  • Potential employer leads
  • Advice on leveraging opportunities
  • Mentoring for program participants
  • Experience and expertise in environmental remediation
  • Assistance in marketing and awareness (networking support)
  • Linkage to target communities
  • …and the list goes on…

It is important to choose motivated advisory board members with a variety of experience and skills.