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Those of us who “won the zip code lottery” by being born in a prosperous country often take for granted something that’s out of reach for many people around the world: a stable and satisfying job. Suzanne Skees explores how the Skees Family Foundation leverages the power of dignified, secure jobs to fight poverty – and highlights what they’ve learned from partner organizations about how to maximize the impact of job creation efforts.
Jobs will always be a hot topic. You might hate or love your job or you’re struggling to find a job, you despise your job’s commute, you loathe your boss—or maybe you actually think highly of your boss, you have a crush on a colleague, you’re frustrated with HR, you need someone to look at your resume/cover letter, you got a referral—see, so many thing to talk about!
You walk through a crowded street or store, wedge into a space on the tram or inch home on the expressway, and you have two reactive options: feel yourself disconnected and separate from those around you, or perceive some sort of connection to these other beings scuttling about their days.
If you’ve ever done anything to improve your situation in life, you know it took some effort. Whether it’s earning a degree, landing a new job, sealing an important relationship or improving your fitness, getting ahead isn’t going to happen without you taking some different steps.
It’s a revolutionary way of thinking as it expands the opportunities to take a career path you may have never thought of and thrive.
What would you do if you were lucky enough to come into a bit of money? Buy an expensive car? A big house? Or would you do something more people are considering — start a family foundation and try to make a difference in the world? Well, that’s what Suzanne Skees and the Skees Family Foundation have done.
The Skees Family Foundation (SFF) is just one of the more than 86,000 private foundations in the United States, and with a corpus of just over $2 million, we’re consistently the smallest foundation in the room at any peer gathering. Undeterred by the magnitude of the challenge, however, we’ve invested $1.7 million over fifteen years in efforts to end poverty.
Tis the season? In your mind, you know you should be counting your blessings and feeling gushy gratitude and tingling excitement, but what if you cannot summon any of those emotions? It’s been a really rough year, even for those of us who have shelter, safety, and food. It’s depression, it’s anxiety.
Empowerment examples work wonders when we feel and then take small action steps towards our own dreams. Author Suzanne Skees is a masterful storyteller and a woman who launched a non-profit organization to help end poverty. With her book titled MY JOB, she goes into details on how to empower others around the world.