Our mission is twofold:
Working with youth to
Co-creating learning pathways for livable wage employment that are relevant and accessible in edge communities and make equitable life’s work practical and possible for everyone everywhere.
By 2025 we will scale a culture of possibility that enhances youth governance, learners’ expectations, and encourages mastery of their life’s work with practical tools and inclusive support.
- Bold explorers
- Pragmatic and outcomes orientated
- Co-creators and partners
- Determined and persistent
We are guided by:
- Our culture of possibility
- Our belief in every person’s right to provide for their family
- Our knowledge that everyone’s path is different
- Praxis – creativity undergirded by theory and practice
DEI lies at the heart of Livable Wage Job’s (LWJ) purpose, stemming from the core belief that no single curriculum, timeline, or evaluation method exists that supports all learner needs and expectations. LWJ co-creates learner and teacher access to pathways through multiple entry points rather than conforming to standard curriculum and assessment.
Diversity is edge first
At LWJ, DEI means recognizing that everyone walks into learning from a different family, life stage, and community context. Learners come to LWJ with experiences and families where they encounter successes, challenges, and crises in their relationships and access to food, transportation, employment, fair wages, or mental health support.
Livable wage jobs are a human right
Equity in livable wage jobs supports collaborative interpretation, understanding, and appropriation of practical, relevant, and adaptable learning and earning pathways.
Equity is relational – self and other
LWJ’s participatory approach supports teachers and learners at all points on their learning or earning pathways. We offer beauty in the learning journey. We support exploratory work-based learning experiences that build learner confidence in sector specific skill sets.
Respectful, inclusive & open by design
We employ respectful and inclusive design practices, co-creating our curricula with local employers, teachers, students, and learners. We actively seek diverse representation across our teams, including multiple socio-cultural, neuro-diverse, and low-wage economy contributors. We offer multiple entry points and exit strategies in our learning pathways. All content is open-source, open education resource (OER), and meets accessibility compliance (WCAG/508/WAI) to minimize barriers to access. Finally, from a targeting perspective, we are outside-in, starting with edge learners in rural communities with economic struggles and high ethnic diversity. A diverse work team is how we co-create exceptional learning experiences.