Record-Breaking Year

As we enter our 20th year of service to the Orlando area, we are preparing for a record-breaking year. With 455 applicants, two new sites, 184 students on the first day of LifeWorks, and a growing number of volunteers, this year is bound to be one for the history books.

On Tuesday, February 25th and Thursday, February 27th, students poured into classes at Kilarney Elementary, First Baptist Church of Orlando, Career Source of Central Florida, Washington Shores Church of Christ, ACE PS8 School, Valencia College, and Orange Technical Institute.

As Eric Stites, Pastor of Washington Shores Church of Christ said to his class, “You think you have come here for a job, but God has you here for a purpose.” The journey toward purpose has begun for a new group LifeWorks students, the largest group in our history. We look forward to walking with each student on their individual path toward a brighter future!




New Site in Parramore


Jobs Partnership is proud to announce another new site for LifeWorks training. Starting this year, we will be delivering our free, 12-week, life-changing course at the ACE School in Parramore. The OCPS Academic Center for Excellence opened in 2008 and serves ages Kindergarten through 8th Grade.

We are thankful to the many Jobs Partnership champions who have worked hard to see the dream of a new site become a reality. In partnership with Eric Stites, Pastor at NewCity Church in Parramore, we are working to bring life and work skills to the community through Biblical teaching.

Sarah Bruner is the outstanding Team Lead for the new site and she is ready for her students! With a background in HR (along with a heart of gold and energy for any task), Sarah is the perfect leader for this group. Sarah has been a Jobs Partnership instructor for many years and her students are always inspired by her wisdom and strength.

We appreciate our business partner, Wells Fargo, for making this dream a reality. Through the NeighborhoodLIFT® initiative, Wells Fargo has made a commitment to revitalization efforts in Parramore.

Wells Fargo’s A.J. Adamczack, Home Mortgage market manager for North and Central Florida shares, “We want to assist local nonprofits as they continue their great work of implementing programs that help address housing affordability, workforce development and small business growth in our region.”

Wells Fargo is not only supporting Jobs Partnership through a financial contribution that is changing lives, but they are actively volunteering as well. Local Wells Fargo leaders and employees are serving our students during Mock Interview Night when LifeWorks students will practice interview skills and receive feedback from businessmen and businesswomen in the community.

On Tuesday, February 25th at 6:00 PM, a new class of Jobs Partnership students will begin a journey toward the job they were created for. It is an exciting time in JP History!


New Site Serving Washington Shores and West Lakes


It is with great joy that we move closer to launching a new site for our 12-Week LifeWorks Class! This class is designed to serve the Washington Shores and West Lakes Communities of Orlando. Led by Phil Ellis, a leader at Washington Shores Church of Christ, this group of volunteers is ready to meet their first students.


On Saturday, February 15th, the volunteers and mentors who will be teaching students at Washington Shores spent time in training. They became familiar with our fantastic, new LifeWorks curriculum and spent time in prayer for each student who will walk through the doors of the classroom this month.


Thank you to Darrell Hairston, the Pastor of the Washington Shores Church, for supporting the vision of Jobs Partnership and allowing us to partner with you to transform lives. We are also extremely thankful for Pam Hairston, who has been a powerful supporter of the program.


Since Jobs Partnership has been in high demand in this area, we have had to turn people away in the past. Now, due to the commitment and vision of the residents of this area, we are able to open a new door to serve the Communities of West Lakes and the Area of Washington Shores.


Each Thursday evening, starting on February 27th, thirty students will take steps toward the career they were created for at the Washington Shores Church of Christ. We look forward to great things from this inaugural class!

Meet Our 2020 Intern, Laurie!


We are proud to introduce our first intern of 2020, Laurie Myrtil! Laurie is a recent graduate of the University of Florida and is pursuing a Master’s degree in nonprofit management. Laurie has already infused the team with energy as she works hard and loves to learn about all aspects of the nonprofit world.



Laurie spends time with each of our team members in order to give her an overview of the various aspects of nonprofit management. For example, she attends presentations with Jessy, the Student Experience Coordinator, to see the recruiting side of Jobs Partnership. She spends time with the Director of Operation, Shiloh, to learn what about program evaluation and data analysis. Finally, Laurie meets with Nicole, our Development Officer, to learn more about nurturing donor relationships.


On a daily basis, Laurie works with students, donors, events teams, and even our software implementing gurus! She is getting a well-rounded view of what it’s like to be a part of a thriving nonprofit.


Currently, Jobs Partnership is has two opportunities for Spring 2020 interns. The Jobs Partnership Nonprofit Management Intern will get on the ground training in the following six areas:

Nonprofit Management Assist in Site Coordination
Student Engagement Shadow Student Experience Coordinator in Student Recruitment & Student Care
Data Collection Perform Graduate Follow Up Calls, Data Entry & Analysis
Development Assist Development Officer with Donor Nurture Campaigns
Special Events Assist staff with administration & coordination needs for special events
Program Evaluation Program Evaluation Data Assessment & Recommendations


Qualifications & Competencies:

  • In process of or graduated with BA in field specific to one of the four internship opportunities
  • A passion for social impact
  • A skill set related to specific internship you are applying for
  • A servant leadership mentality
  • A desire to grow in the nonprofit sector
  • A desire to serve underserved communities
  • A hunger to learn
  • A team player
  • Flexibility
  • Embracing of Diversity and Inclusion

To apply to become a Jobs Partnership Intern, send your resume and cover letter to The subject line should read “Intern Applicant”.

In addition, fill out the following application: Intern Application Form

We look forward to hearing from you!


Delivered to Purpose

Congratulations to Selena Hutchenson on her new book, Delivered to Purpose, which was just released in 2020! Selena has been working in her role as the Program Coordinator at Jobs Partnership for almost two years.

Selena shares, “This book will disclose to you how despite my fears and doubts, my one act of obedience to terminate a toxic relationship changed the trajectory of my life, altered my destiny, and led me to a path of discovering my purpose. It is my belief that if you exercise the same principles, likewise you’ll discover your purpose.”

Selena’s book is available for purchase at:

Align Work and Purpose


It’s a new year and a new decade! As you set goals and make plans for 2020, make sure those goals are aligned to your most important purposes.

When you can align who you are, what you do, and your purpose, then you will undoubtedly experience greater focus and clarity, have more fun and enjoy a greater passion for life.

At Jobs Partnership, we connect men and women to purpose every single day. It is our passion! Here are three of our favorite books on the topic:

Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work
by: Timothy Keller

“Work has dignity because it is something that God does and because we do it in God’s place, as his representatives. We learn not only that work has dignity in itself, but also that all kinds of work have dignity.”




Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation
by: Parker Palmer

“Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent.”



The On-Purpose Person: Making Your Life Make Sense
by: Kevin McCarthy

“Being on-purpose requires commitment and effort, but it creates freedom and opportunity. Sliding through life unfocused leaves you caught between chaos and confusion.”





Are you passionate about helping people connect to their purpose?
Volunteer for Jobs Partnership!

Do you need to connect to a more purposeful and meaningful career?
Apply for the Jobs Partnership Program!




Meet Deshayla, a  Fall 2019 JP Grad! This year we offered our participants a unique opportunity to enroll in a class at Valencia College where they could learn how to become a Certified Medical Assistant. One of those students was Deshayla Willoughby.  Check out her powerful story…

“The first thing that comes to mind when I think about what motivates me and keeps me going is God. Just three years ago I was sleeping on a park bench, pregnant with no diploma no license, no direction and no goals. God kept me protected through all the bad times and He showed me that I could be more than just okay I could be great!  My kids are my second biggest motivators. I was told I couldn’t have kids then God blessed me with two and I swore to God that I would do everything in my power to take care of my little boys and set a good example for them. I want to give them everything that I did not have and more. I want to be that example for my kids to let them know that just because you fall down doesn’t mean you can’t get back up, and that when you get back up that doesn’t mean that you’re limited on what you can do. If you put your mind to it and you stay focused, determined, and motivated that you can achieve anything you put your mind to! My third biggest motivator are my coaches and my Jobs Partnership family. They care about my success so much that it’s impossible not to want to push forward and do better. Just seeing how much they believe in me, makes me believe in me so much more.  Last, but definitely not least, I feel like I’m one of my biggest motivators. I believe in me so much I can’t fail, and I feel like no matter how much anyone else believes in me or how much support I receive from my family and my friends that if I don’t believe in me then I wouldn’t be able to succeed.”

Deshayla and the other six Medical Assisting students are set to graduate at the end of February with a license that will open up their pathway to a professional medical career! The medical industry is exploding with growth in Central Florida. Advent Health and Orlando Health participated in our recent Career Fair and are invested in connecting our trained and eager participants to high growth career opportunities!

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20th Anniversary Kick-off

In 1999, the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce was looking into the future with an initiative called Workforce 2020. The project brought the business and faith communities together to solve a problem – the anticipated exodus of Baby Boomers from the workforce beginning in 2020. Marc Stanakis and Pastor Sylvester Robinson were introduced, and along with several others, launched a pilot program to provide training to up-skill people for the workforce. The success of the pilot resulted in the nonprofit called Jobs Partnership!

20 years later, thousands of volunteers, many churches, businesses, community partners and donors have helped 2,500 people graduate from Lifeworks training and pursue a job that matches their strengths and provides opportunities for career and wage growth.

On October 16th, many of the people who have grown with Job Partnership – volunteers, graduates and other champions – gathered at The Balcony in downtown Orlando to celebrate, reminisce and look ahead. One of the highlights of the evening was a corporate prayer time for the city of Orlando. As attendees divided East, West, North and South on the balcony overlooking the city, pastors blanketed all areas in prayer. The focus was the many men and women who have yet to discover Jobs Partnership and the life changing tools that it provides to change lives, families and generations. It was a night of joy!

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What’s coming?

You might ask, “What is a cohort”? Well, it’s a group of people taking the time to learn the same thing together. So,  why is it important? Our employment market is changing…rapidly! We must continue to innovate if we are to effectively serve the students of our future. It is no longer good enough to be a great person with a great work ethic.

Employers want people that can bring immediate value to their business and knowing this is important. What we also know is that there are certain sectors of the job market that are exploding with growth. This is where we find the great jobs with great pay and Jobs Partnership has a mission to connect these opportunities to our students.

We have been working with our partners at Orange Technical College, Valencia College and The Second Harvest Culinary School to create cohorts of students who will be prepared for high demand jobs. All these institutions have superb programs that offer short term accelerated skills training in areas of our economy with the greatest need.  Carolyn McMorran, Assistant Vice President for Professional Continuing Education at Valencia College recently said when she addressed our current graduates, “This is a perfect storm! We have a supply and demand problem, and that offers a terrific opportunity for those that are willing to equip themselves with valuable high demand skills.”

The decisions surrounding the cohorts we offer depend on many different factors, and one of these is transportation. The new downtown campus at Valencia is located within walking distance to the bus line, as is the downtown campus of Orange Technical College. Another factor is the length of the program, and the time commitment throughout the day. Our students need to be able to continue to work and provide for their families, so we are only offering opportunities that meet all these requirements.

Cohorts are an exciting way forward for Jobs Partnership students that are ready to take this on! In the Spring of 2020, we will have cohorts in the construction, manufacturing, distribution and culinary industries. Each of these opportunities will come with Job Placement through a collaboration with the educators and our employer partners.  Stay tuned for continuing updates on this new initiative and the student’s stories that become part of our Jobs Partnership family.

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It’s hard to believe that the Fall 2019 semester has come and gone!  Each Jobs Partnership Graduation marks the successful completion of our 12-week Lifeworks training for men and women.  And, we broke records this semester!  

The evening of graduation was full of enthusiasm, hope, optimism, laughter, and even a few tears. We celebrated both the accomplishments and the perseverance of our participants.  There was an 84% retention rate with 74% of our participants having perfect attendance!

We couldn’t have done it without your support! Thank you for your valuable contributions.

Special thanks to First Presbyterian Church Downtown, for hosting the past 11 years.

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