The impact of CETA community based organizations
I have been giving much thought to the sustainability of small and midsize community-based, culturally specific arts organizations over the years, both as a former executive director of one such organization and also as a funder. Recently, I’ve been thinking that much of what we can learn about how to serve these kinds of organization lies in their past. The history of many of these organizations go back to the days of CETA. While I have heard here and there the impact CETA had on community based organizations, I wonder if some folks out there might be able to share with us the impact that CETA had on your organization and then most importantly what we can learn from the program and how it applies to community-based organizations today.
Here’s what Wikipedia has to say: The Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (or CETA, Pub.L. 93-203) is a United States federal law enacted in 1973 to train workers and provide them with jobs in the public service.
The program offered work to those with low incomes and the long term unemployed as well as summer jobs to low income high school students. Full time jobs were provided for a period of 12 to 24 months in public agencies or private not for profit organizations. The intent was to impart a marketable skill that would allow participants to move to an unsubsidized job. It was an extension of the Works Progress Administration program from the 1930s. The Act was intended to decentralize control of federally controlled job training programs, giving more power to the individual state governments. Nine years later, it was replaced by the Job Training Partnership Act.