Love Never Fails

Dublin, CA
Round
Fall-Winter 2021
Project Type
Fast track
Project Focus
Market Analysis,
Technology
Organization Type
Children, Youth & Families,
Human Services,
Women

Organization

Founder ED Vanessa Russell established Love Never Fails in December 2011 after one of her 15-year-old dance students was raped in the SF Bay Area and sold throughout California. The organization’s mission is to empower all people to experience their best sense of humanity by restoring, educating, and protecting survivors of human trafficking and their community.  Love Never Fails is projected to grow from $600K in 2018 to $1.8M by the beginning of 2022 to support its numerous activities and programs such as housing, workforce development, education, search & rescue, survivor empowerment, and community activism. Love Never Fails currently operates four homes that support 27 women, men, and children and educates over 500K students as part of their five-state PROTECT collaborative. Its IT Biz program (www.loveneverfailsus.com/itbiz) currently enrolls 65 students a sharp increase since its inaugural cohort of 5 students in 2018. All its constituents are low income with 56% women and 68% Black and Latinx.

Issue

How does Love Never Fails motivate more employers to hire more women of color victims of human trafficking in IT roles?

Situation

According to the Department of Labor, only 25% of the IT industry is comprised of women, of which 2% are Latinx and 3% Black. Love Never Fails has a goal of increasing representation of women of color in IT roles as a means for sustainable income to prevent them from becoming involved in human trafficking and criminal activities. With the first three cohorts of its IT Biz program achieving 40-80% placement primarily through the ED’s 1:1 marketing, there is room for placement improvement and process restructuring. Moreover, past cohorts ranged from 5 to 15 students, and the current cohort has 65 students, which increases the need for a scalable employer placement strategy.

Project Overview

The client is requesting a market assessment of its IT Biz program and its appeal to potential employers’ hiring program graduates. Love Never Fails seeks to understand employers’ perceptions of these graduates and to identify the hiring needs of both existing and potential employers. The team will conduct client research about role requirements for IT roles across various industries and recommend target employment sectors, organizations, and decision-making roles, as well as compelling high-level messaging for potential employers.

Other

This is a Fast Track project:

  • Scope: Focused, specific organizational issue
  • Team Size: 2-3 consultants
  • Project Duration: 3 months
  • Estimated Time Contribution: 25-30 hrs total (per consultant)

Read more about the Fast Track Project Consultant role.