San Francisco Connunnity Development Veteran Dwayne Jones
A San Francisco entrepreneur with extensive experience in economic and community development, Dwayne Jones provides consulting services through RDJ Enterprises, helping clients meet regulatory compliance and community advocacy objectives. In more than 10 years with the company, he has aided clients in government, construction, and non-profit industries. In 2015, Dwayne Jones founded Urban Equity, LLC, which focuses on capital investments to create and sustain new businesses.
After earning bachelor degrees in social science and anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley, Mr. Jones attended Hayward State University, where he received a master of administration in public administration. Earlier in his career, he was director of the Mayor's Office of Community Development for the City and County of San Francisco, where he oversaw 45 staff members and $30 million in annual HUD Block Grant resources.
Mr. Jones is the founder of Urban Ed Academy, a non-profit organization that provides support, education, and advocacy in communities of color. In recognition of his efforts with the organization, he earned the 2014 Community Impact Award from the Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy (BABIP).
Programs of the Youth Employment Partnership
San Francisco-area resident Dwayne Jones is the founder and managing partner of Urban Equity LLC, a company that offers resources and support to minority and female entrepreneurs. Previously holding an executive title with Young Community Developers, Inc., a company that seeks to promote work readiness in residents of the southeast sector of San Francisco, Dwayne Jones continues to work toward developing job opportunities for disadvantaged groups through his charitable work with the Youth Employment Partnership (YEP).
Founded in 1973, YEP focuses on improving education and employment options for teenagers and young adults in the Oakland area. For youth who are still in high school, programs are in place to help students find summer jobs. For young adults between the ages of 18 and 24, YEP provides a GED program, as well as college support that includes vocational training. Additionally, YEP sponsors a staffing agency to help find jobs for those who have previously completed other YEP programs.
San Francisco's Urban Ed Academy
A longtime proponent of community development in San Francisco, Dwayne Jones leads RDJ Enterprises as president and CEO. Dwayne Jones has also founded Urban Ed Academy (UEA), a nonprofit organization devoted to uplifting African-American, Latino, and Pacific Islander boys.
The program sponsors some 500 boys in San Francisco in an all-day Saturday school program for grades three through five. These youth often live in poverty and are considered at risk for disciplinary and employment problems.
UEA's subjects highlight areas already taught in public schools, including math, language arts, and science. Teachers use relevant methods such as math problems rooted in everyday situations.
Character development is a vital component of UEA's mission. The academy's mentors come from collegiate sports and community service backgrounds to instill morals and values of productive citizenship. UEA boasts a mentor-to-student ratio of 10 to 1. UEA also promotes acceptance of other ways of life by conducting field trips to places outside the immediate neighborhood and participation in multicultural activities.
Since its foundation in 2010, UEA has seen significant progress in reducing disciplinary problems, such as suspensions. Test scores have also gone up in reading and math.
Community Benefits from San Francisco's Community Benefits Policy
A longtime community leader, Dwayne Jones has developed initiatives to improve social conditions in San Francisco, California. As president and CEO of RDJ Enterprises, Dwayne Jones consulted in the creation of the Community Benefits Policy of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC).
The SFPUC policy is the first of its kind in the United States. The commission's “triple bottom line” orientation takes into account economic, environmental, and social justice goals.
The commission promised in 2011 to include the voices of all stakeholders as it formulated and put into action new policies and procedures. Examples of these innovations include:
-Enforcing environmental policies to ensure the renewal and cleanliness of water sources, the meeting of anti-pollution goals, and reduction of environment impacts;
-Practicing land use that encourages good health and a sustainable environment;
-Hiring local workers and vendors to increase economic returns and provide energy at lower costs;
-Building a diverse workforce via targeted recruiting, succession planning, and staff placement; and
-Sponsoring educational programs and artistic activity that relate to the SFPUC's mission.