Founded in 2009, Samasource is an industry leader in “Impact Sourcing,” the process of hiring marginalized women and youth to complete digital work. Through our managed service model, Samasource has trained and employed over 7,000 people traditionally excluded from the formal sector to execute data projects for some of the world’s leading companies, such as Google and Microsoft. By providing an entry point to formal work, Samasource enables individuals to earn a living wage, and gain work experience and skills that lift them and their families out of poverty.
In 2014, Samasource leveraged its industry expertise and training experience to create a sister program -- Samasource Training -- an accelerated 10-day program that provides unemployed youth with a rapid connection to formal jobs.
Samasource Training is effective because it leverages a unique combination of market-driven curriculum design, employment pathways, and wrap-around support services.
Market-driven curriculum design
The Samasource Training curriculum is designed specifically for the skill requirements of the modern digital economy, and is consistently updated to incorporate new skills required by growing market segments. This is achieved through a tight feedback loop between Samasource and Samasource Training. Within this system:
Samasource Training drives employment outcomes through two employment pathways:
Wrap-around support services
We serve an at-risk population that faces many barriers to formal sector employment. Most trainees are living in poverty, have little to no formal sector experience, and face domestic obligations, such as caring for children or other dependents. Samasource Training provides a range of wrap-around services, either directly, or through partner organizations, designed to help students complete the 10-day intensive course and succeed at job interviews. These include:
- Travel stipends for job interviews: Many students cannot afford the transportation to and from job interviews. We provide repayment-optional stipends.
- Professional attire: Most students lack the professional attire required for job interviews. To address this, we provide free clothing.
- Child care: Caring for children is a major barrier to participation for young mothers. We work with community partners to ensure access to free or affordable childcare services.