This profile was prepared when Steve Rothschild was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2001.
The New Idea
Steve offers the unemployed poor four to twelve months of intensive professional training for careers in information technology, customer and financial services, administrative support, accounting, and operations. All participants also take courses in basic skills, personal empowerment, and professional conduct, supported by staff and one-on-one sessions with a personal coach. Using market forces and results-based funding, Steve has aligned the incentives of each actor within the system. The unemployed and underemployed are offered a real opportunity for living-wage employment and an escape from poverty. Government is provided with a fiscally responsible, results-based way to invest in job training and poverty reduction. Business benefits from a diverse talent pool and a skilled workforce.