At The Work Force, education and job training go hand-in-hand, and both require the investment of a community of caring adults.
To prepare students to compete in an increasingly specialized and rapidly changing economy, The Work Force partners with the local employer community to provide youth with a series of “try-out” jobs that build resumes, boost workplace skills, and expose participants to diverse career options.
These work experiences provide low-income teens with flexible opportunities to broaden their understanding of the world of work and to develop transferable job skills – and to do so under the guidance of an employer who takes a personal interest in his or her future.
The core of the employment component is comprised of:
- Two 14-week job cycles for 10th through 12th graders, with placements in office, childcare, sales-customer service, healthcare, bio-tech, and culinary settings;
- Selected public and private sector “employer-mentors” who guide students through their placements, give them exposure to the workings of their organization and field, and support their post-secondary aspirations; and
- Workshops and individual training on job skills, career options, and core workplace competencies.