Helping youth overcome obstacles to develop independence, explore their talents, and make and achieve employment goals.
Youth who suffer from behavioral, emotional, and cognitive disabilities or those with economic disadvantages often struggle with finding and keeping a job. Perhaps a young man grows up in a home where a parent did not finish school and has remained perpetually unemployed or underemployed. Consequently, the young man might not know how to change the pattern and make a better life for himself. These types of difficulties often become barriers to employment for youth who do not have the tools to overcome them.
The Youth Workforce Development program prepares youth with the essential skills needed to obtain and maintain a job. Sessions include both classroom and hands-on training in the following areas:
- Entrepreneurship – Through a partnership with Entrepreneuring Youth, students learn what it takes to plan and operate a business. The program includes an “Earn and Learn” component in which the youth gain entrepreneurial skills firsthand by designing and operating the Pit Stop carwash.
- Vocational training – Students learn the basics of service industries such as carpentry and automotive repair.
- Safety – Students receive OSHA safety training covering topics like fire protection, machine guarding, and personal protective equipment. Students have the opportunity to take a test to receive their OSHA general industry training certificate.
- Work readiness – Students learn and practice techniques for finding and keeping a job.
An Employer Advisory Committee forms an integral part of our workforce development program and provides students with internships, job shadowing, and the availability of entry-level jobs.