BUILDING SKILLS PARTNERSHIP

Improving the quality of life for property service workers in low-wage industries

aka BSP   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.buildingskills.org

Mission

Building Skills Partnership's mission is to provide services, training and educational programs that improve the quality of life of low-wage property service workers and their families by increasing their skills, access to education, and opportunities for career and community advancement and participation.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Luis Sandoval

Main address

828 W. Washington Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90015 USA

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EIN

26-1254255

NTEE code info

Employment, Job Related N.E.C. (J99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In high-rise buildings throughout California, tens of thousands of janitors toil through the night to keep workplaces clean. Janitors work strenuous hours, beginning their day at 6:00 p.m. until 2:30 a.m. and have other responsibilities as primary caregivers for their children or grandchildren. 97% of janitors are immigrants from Latin America and less than 30% are formally educated beyond the 6th grade. Over 60% of BSP’s participants are women, and many are head of households or single mothers. An average salary of $28,000 keeps families well below the poverty line. Many will take second or third jobs to make ends meet and struggle to climb above the poverty line. Despite these challenges, many workers recognize that education and training is fundamental to fully realizing workplace and community integration, creating a stable environment for their children, and attaining social and economic mobility.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

ADVANCE Workplace ESL & Job Skills

Close to 700 janitors and other immigrant workers graduate each year from our intensive, six-month ADVANCE program, blending Vocational English as a Second Language (VESL) curriculum with job skills instruction. Classes are held at over 30 large, corporate worksites on work paid time, ensuring high attendance and graduation rates of over 90%. Janitors who graduate from the 50-100 hour intensive courses are often promoted to higher paid day cleaning, event service, building maintenance, clean room, and supervisory positions. At many sites, ADVANCE participants are also paired with volunteers from client corporations or universities for one-on-one English and computer tutoring, bridging enormous cultural divides.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Through its Digital Literacy Program, BSP integrates digital skills and vocational training to prepare immigrant janitors for 21st century jobs. Furthermore, helps workers to access online financial and healthcare services to improve their quality of life.

Outcomes: The Digital Literacy Program provides training on email, internet navigation, using spreadsheets, online banking, and navigating healthcare portals. Additionally, through virtual workforce training, BSP closes the distance learning gap for low-income immigrant workers who already faced digital literacy barriers prior to COVID-19.

Population(s) Served

The BSP’s English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are offered at Union Halls in San Jose, Sacramento, Oakland, Los Angeles, and Orange County for janitors and other low-wage service workers. Classes are offered in three-month blocks, with periods of 24-30 hours of instruction offered by experienced teachers. Classes use a learner-centered curriculum for teaching Survival and Vocational English to students of all levels, and tutors support instruction in this multi-level setting. Participants in these classes learn to navigate community resources and to communicate with doctors, their children’s teachers, and in their broader communities. Through these ESL classes, the BSP is able to reach workers who do not have ADVANCE English and job skills classes available at their worksites, though some who participate in ADVANCE choose to supplement their instruction by also attending these Union Hall ESL courses.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

With the support from many partners including the California Wellness Foundation, BSP incorporates health education into every ADVANCE worksite English class and also offers stand-alone health workshops at worksites and union halls.  BSP’s curriculum includes thematic units, ranging from diabetes to stress management, that address the most pressing health concerns of our students.  In addition, culturally competent guest speakers visit the classes on occasion to speak about access to health care, recommend preventative strategies, answer participants’ questions, and make appropriate referrals. BSP also offers occupational safety information on an as needed basis. Participants can discuss and learn about potential health risks to workers such as exposure to chemicals and human pathogens, ergonomic and repetitive stress injuries, slips and falls. In 2010, BSP partnered with Kaiser Permanente, the Labor Occupational Health Program, Street Level Health Project among other organizations to bring up-to-date and cultural competent health information to over 300 workers. In December 2010, BSP held its first health fair in Los Angeles, where we were able to offer not only health education and information, but also conduct blood pressure and glucose level screenings to the over 180 participants.
 
BSP has recently launched a pilot project that will develop peer health advocates (promotores) as part of our comprehensive approach to health education. Due to their unique and effective connections to communities, the promotores or health advocates model has proven to be highly effective for preventive campaigns and to create healthier communities. Promotores are community members who speak the same language, understand the culture, are familiar with the needs of their neighborhoods and worksites, and are trained in health education.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Every summer, the BSP runs its Annual Parent Education Workshops for the members of SEIU-USWW who are parents of school-aged children. The workshops are geared toward informing members on how they can become involved in their children’s education with the goal of attaining higher education. The workshops cover basic information about the Los Angeles school system with topics as basic as how to read a child’s report card to the class requirements for entering a 4-year college or university. As part of its Parent Education Program, the BSP hosted its first Parent-Leader Lost-Time position from July 12 to August 10, 2010 with the contributions and collaboration of SEIU-USWW and its LTTF Fund.

The goal of the month-long position was to develop the organizing, speaking and leadership skills of a member parent of SEIU-USWW  so that s/he may create awareness of the importance of parents’ involvement in their children’s education. The parent member would organize and deliver workshops at various worksites across Los Angeles during members’ lunch breaks and on two Saturdays in August where more complete information would be covered. Moreover, the Parent Leader Lost-Timer would help create a parent committee so as to involve key leaders who could further develop the Parent Education and Involvement Program for SEIU-USWW through the support of BSP.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

The Green Janitor Education Program is an environmental education program for janitors resulting in green certification. The program provides hands-on energy management and green cleaning training to address the operations and maintenance practices that enable buildings to meet green performance standards. The Green Janitor Education Program was designed and piloted in collaboration with Building Skills Partnership, the U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles Chapter, the Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater Los Angeles, industry experts, building owners, and SEIU-United Service Workers West.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

IDC provides training on (1) cleaning standards that meet or exceed CDC and EPA guidelines, (2) worker health & safety, and (3) effective cleaning and disinfection protocols. Additionally, the program integrates green cleaning strategies developed by the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) “Safety First: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Space” program.

Outcomes: IDC upskills underserved immigrant workers during a time of economic crisis, and through the implementation of janitorial standards, protocols, and control measures, IDC enables commercial buildings and businesses to safely operate.

Population(s) Served

Through financial workshops, personalized coaching and counseling, and taxpayer assistance, BSP’s Financial Capabilities Program helps low-income workers improve their financial health.

Outcomes: Through product-based financial education, participants establish financial goals, translate goals into savings objectives, create household budgets, identify banking options, and learn strategies to improve their credit scores. Additionally, through one-on-one coaching, workers enroll in free or low-cost savings and credit-building tools. Furthermore, through its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) service, BSP helps clients file their taxes for free and use their returns to build savings.

Population(s) Served

Through its Civic Engagement/Citizenship Program, BSP offers pathways to citizenship and active civic engagement to its largely immigrant worker service population. BSP also provides civic leadership training (voting and census participation).

Outcomes: Program participants receive: Know Your Rights education, DACA and N-400 application assistance, anti-fraud education, and citizenship exam preparation assistance, education on state benefits (such as CA driver’s licenses and the CA Dream Act), power of attorney letter preparation assistance, and and pro bono legal education. Program participants also receive civic leadership training to promote civic engagement with their communities.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Low-income people
People of Latin American descent
Immigrants and migrants
Low-income people
People of Latin American descent
Immigrants and migrants
Low-income people
People of Latin American descent
Immigrants and migrants
Low-income people
People of Latin American descent

Where we work

Accreditations

USSIS: Department of Justice Accredited 2016

Affiliations & memberships

UnidosUS Regional Affiliate of the Year 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Population(s) Served

Adults

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Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

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Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of tax returns completed by volunteers

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Building Skills Partnership (BSP) programs improve the quality of life of property service workers in low-wage industries, as well as their families and communities, by increasing their access to education, leadership, and career advancement.

Founded in 2007, BSP offers programs throughout California, serving Los Angeles, Mountain View, Oakland, Orange County, Sacramento, San Diego, and San Jose. The organization serves 5,500 individuals annually and provides opportunities to fully address the unique barriers immigrant workers and their families face in realizing the benefits of social, civic, and economic integration.

Building Skills Partnership (BSP) strives to level the playing field for California’s immigrant janitorial workforce by helping them advance in their careers, nourish their families and lift up their communities. Our core strategies include workforce development, immigrant integration, and community advancement. BSP works closely with employers, building owners, and labor to design workforce development initiatives that upskill and prepare low-wage workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Although each sector comes into this partnership with distinct and often conflicting perspectives, these partners have come to agree that investing in the skills of immigrant workers is an all-around win-win initiative. By facilitating conversations with labor and management, BSP’s vocational services upskill and retrain workers to meet the current and projected industry and workforce needs. Simultaneously, BSP’s comprehensive model can transform the quality of life of workers and their families by engaging both the parent worker and their children in programming geared towards social, civic and economic inclusion. Our goal is to provide effective and culturally relevant programming to enable workers and their families to work towards their immediate and long-term goals.

BSP offers comprehensive and holistic programs tailored to the diverse needs of our community.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT:
BSP's ADVANCE program is an intensive vocational ESL and job skills program geared to meet the needs of the industry for a skillful workforce, while meeting the individual needs for basic English. Additionally, BSP's Green Janitor Education Program (GJEP) trains and certifies janitors in green building cleaning practices to help meet the most current energy, water, and environmental sustainability standards. Furthermore, BSPs Digital Literacy & Blended Learning helps to close the digital literacy gap and enable janitors to further their career opportunities and access vital online services.

IMMIGRANT INTEGRATION:
Through BSP's Financial Capability Program that covers asset building, coaching and free tax preparation, immigrant families create positive financial habits, access the financial mainstream and achieve financial security. Furthermore, BSP's English as a Second Language (ESL) program provides an opportunity to gain the language skills to navigate their workplace and community. Moreover, through BSP's Citizenship & Civic Engagement program, workers can exercise the full benefits of being new Americans.

COMMUNITY ADVANCEMENT:
BSP offers a comprehensive, linguistically and culturally competent Health & Wellness program that offers health and wellness opportunities for janitors and their families. Furthermore, BSP's Parent University program uses a two-generation education strategy that aims to break the cycle of poverty through parental guidance on navigating the education system, childhood enrichment opportunities and scholarships. Finally, through College Access & Scholarships, BSP assists first-generation and low-income students, children of janitors, pursue their educational dreams, while also providing scholarships to relieve the financial burden on families.

A typical janitor begins their journey to work at 4:30 p.m. on public transportation, works from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., sleeps from 3:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m., then cares for children, tends to the house and/or works their next job. Due to the skyrocketing cost of living, many janitors commute long hours on public transportation from affordable neighborhoods. This exhausting schedule often provides little or no time for traditional education or training. By working with both labor and management, BSP is able to circumvent this challenge to provide programs that provide immigrant janitors with an accessible road to career advancement, financial stability, physical health, linguistic and digital integration, immigration assistance and knowledgeable engagement in their children’s educational attainment. Multiple barriers, such as strenuous work and caretaking schedules, stretched finances, and linguistic gaps, can bar participants’ access to traditional educational institutions and service providers. However, by offering learning opportunities at worksites and other convenient locations, BSP meets workers where they are. For over more than a decade, we have established a trusted reputation for successfully reaching this hard-to-reach population. BSP serves over 5000 workers throughout California annually.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    BSP is transitioning to Salesforce,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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BUILDING SKILLS PARTNERSHIP

Board of directors
as of 4/25/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Janna Shadduk-Hernandez

UCLA Labor Center

Term: 2021 -

Lilia Garcia

Maintenance Cooperation Trust Fund

Janna Shadduk-Hernandez

UCLA School of Education/Labor Center

Marisol Rivera

SEIU - United Service Workers West

David Huerta

SEIU - United Service Workers West

Andrew Gross-Gaitan

SEIU - United Service Workers West

Denise Solis

SEIU - United Service Workers West

Alison Webber

EdTech Center

Marc Gittleman

5x5 Telecom

Michele Michele Ware

BOMA Greater Los Angeles

Victor Narrro

UCLA Labor Center

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/08/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/25/2019

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.