CityLab is pioneering a path to jobs that are yet to be needed as we move towards the world where “things” are connected to each other over the internet.

CityLab Network Academy strategy is to provide State-Certified Technical Training programs in a Productive Laboratory, involve an attempt to serve over 50,000 students in over 8 Academies in 8 states and the District of Columbia in urban schools through small learning communities.

As we seek the endorsement of the Maker Community Supporters, we use the facilities as members to drive long-term innovation.

Public-Private Partnerships @cityLab

20-member volunteer Business Advisory Council that has provided oversight and guidance in program development and operations. They have also assisted us with Job Readiness Training, served as guest speakers, worked with participants on interview skills, provided Internships and hired participants to help achieve the organization’s mission.

The group of secondary schools, community colleges, labor agencies, and employers and industry representatives that commit to building career pathways leading to jobs in high-demand industries that offer “stackable” credentials (i.e., a sequence of credentials that can be accumulated over time).

If you would like to be part of the experience please contact us below for more information.

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Johnny Clarke
Job Title
Managing Partner
Maximum Balance Foundation
150 N 3rd Street #1404,
San Jose, CA, 95109
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Who we are

Commit. Connect. Concern.


Consulting, Sales Coaching, and Investment against Risk — are driven by strategic and tactical execution, where teams of specialists from across the Maker network are called upon to deliver all solutions recommended by our consulting, sales and investment work.

The HUD-VASH Program combines the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless veterans and their families with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at its medical centers and in the community.

The Employment Training Panel (ETP) provides funding to employers to assist in upgrading the skills of their workers through training that leads to good paying, long-term jobs.


Our Consulting team designs, prototypes and delivers event strategies to drive revenue for shareholders. CityLab does this through a full range of services across data, digital and content development to better understand the audience, and create more relevant ways to engage with them.

This helps our partners develop new ways to grow revenue, connect with social communities of fans and followers, and create more valuable partnership network opportunities.

Sales Coaching

Our Sales team represents Maker and Technology brands through an audience, content and data-led approach, within and beyond the Maximum Balance Foundation network, for, example a recent appearance at Maker Faire #12.

This allows all companies to better navigate any brand’s decision-making process, and create more enduring partnerships.


Our Investment team at Morgan Stanley deploys capital in partnership with investors including Directed Donor funds and Community Endowment Support.

We are actively engaged in evaluating opportunities to co-invest with our rightsholder partners in content and distribution initiatives.

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Connect Step 2

We register with the Volunteer Service Awards

SROI, or Social Return on Investment, is a framework which seeks to analyze the total value of a social purpose enterprise — an enterprise which pursues both the business goal of generating profits and the social mission goal of its parent organization.SROI, or Social Return on Investment, is a framework which seeks to analyze the total value of a social purpose enterprise — an enterprise which pursues both the business goal of generating profits and the social mission goal of its parent organization.
The SROI framework considers the value created by the social purpose enterprise in its pursuit of each of these two goals, then combines these values to arrive at a complete understanding of the social purpose enterprise’s entire impact on society.
It then compares the value created for society to the value invested by society, from both private and public sources, arriving at a Social Return on Investment.

CityLab measures return on investment from three distinct perspectives.

  1. First, it examines the financial value created (or cash generated) by the social purpose enterprise.2. This model also examines social savings resulting from the increased tax revenues and the reduction in the use of public assistance programs by target employees.3. These savings are compared to the total investment in the social purpose enterprise to determine the return on investment.

Our students do not have the financial knowledge to obtain low-cost banking and payment tools, including prepaid debit cards; which disable Human Resource Hiring Managers1 regardless of training when the student applies for a position.

This issue also manifests itself early in the ability to secure housing, a critical component to job attainment during background checks2

2 The design and implementation will include financial service programs that promote money management skills, building assets, and responsible loans– while reducing families’ reliance on payday lenders, check-cashers, loan sharks, debt peddlers, and high-cost money transmitters.

Leveraging the collective consumer power of the communities we serve, we are able to negotiate with financial service providers to develop cost-effective banking and payment tools, and real estate providers to help stabilize the student’s domicile needs.

We are working to offer a low cost flexible low yield certificate distributed through community- based organizations, social service agencies, and unions.

The certificate functions as a down payment for a savings account, purchase and money transfer card, a money management tool and can be easily linked to an interest-bearing savings account. While also creating an alternative Credit File.

As the student moves through the 18-36-month OJT Experience, qualified counselors are preparing the student through a series of progressive steps, 24-month period, student’s credit health should be at a point to qualify for either lease-purchase or first time home purchase benefits.

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