Creating Jobs in Orange County
Oscar & Ma's Story
Oscar & Ma was founded by Scott Green, an Orange County entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and philanthropist who was inspired to create employment opportunities for people who are experiencing significant barriers to entry into the job market.
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic was causing increased unemployment, disproportionately among marginalized populations.
Scott’s vision was to create a nonprofit events company that employs and trains people from underserved communities, while also providing valuable marketing and event services to other nonprofits and organizations.
The company was launched in October 2020 with the goal of starting locally and expanding nationally to provide jobs and job training to thousands of people in need of sustainable employment.
“We are very pleased to be working with Oscar & Ma who is helping provide employment opportunities for Casa Teresa’s residents and alumni. Having a local non-profit like Oscar & Ma offer jobs and career training is a great asset to the women we serve.”
Lisa Wood Chief Executive Officer, Casa Teresa
Employing Underserved Populations
Oscar & Ma’s organizational mission is to generate employment opportunities for people with barriers to employment, including the formerly incarcerated, foster youth, unhoused, and survivors of domestic violence.
In the United States:
Formerly incarcerated individuals are unemployed at a rate of 27%.(1)
Youth that age out of the foster system have an unemployment rate of 47% - 69%, depending on age and gender. (2)
Unemployment among people who are unhoused ranges from 57% to more than 90%. (3)
Our vision is to build an on-the-job training academy where employees can initially apprentice to learn a particular job over the course of a year.
Oscar & Ma’s programs for employees include personal and professional development, exposure to a professional environment, and job placement services.
2) https://youthtoday.org/2017/12/the-economic-well-being-of-youth-transitioning-from-foster-c are/
3) Acuña & Ehrlenbusch, 2009; Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness, 2013; Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020
The Academy Program
Job Training for the Underserved in Orange County
Partnering with CalOptima and other nonprofits, Oscar & Ma’s Academy Program trains underserved individuals in life, work, and vocational skills, so they can achieve sustained employment in a professional career.
Anticipated 100+ Academy Clients will be enrolled in 2024.
Clients are paid $17.50/hr. during the training period.
Each Client has a case manager to plan the curriculum and track progress.
Meetings and classes take place at The HUB Resource Center in Orange.
Clients will begin graduating in early 2024.
Coursework is four quarters with different curricula for each segment:
Q1: Life Skills
Q2: Work Skills
Q3: Vocational Training (marketing, events, hospitality)
Q4: Ongoing training, internships, job placement
5-year contract with CalOptima to subsidize wages, support costs, and refer Clients began on November 1, 2023.
Partners who will be sending Clients to Oscar & Ma for training include The HUB Resource Center, Casa Teresa, Thomas House Shelter, Tiyya, Voice of the Refugees, and CalOptima.
Clients who are interested in trade fields will be referred to organizations like Chrysalis and Hope Builders.