Job Placement provides access to jobs thereby increasing the number of employees on payrolls by linking low-income young adults with viable prospective employers. The program serves clients, 18-21, who are unemployed, not in school and face multiple barriers to employment.
The immediate goal is to help participants believe in themselves and offer hope that they can obtain productive employment that will lead to earning a living wage. The ultimate goal is to put clients on a lifelong path to self-sufficiency that breaks the cycle of poverty. In addition to jobs, this path may include vocational training, college enrollment or on the job training that leads to career advancement.
Our approach includes employment assessment and preparation, job training and placement, employment retention, support and advancement. One-on-one case management offers the highest level of support possible and is the most effective approach for our hard to place clients. This approach progressively helps participants believe they can get and keep a job. They develop self-confidence and feel motivated to stay in the program, overcome difficult obstacles and achieve their goals.
Prior to placing clients, staff use one-on-one case management to help participants determine a clear career path and see, step by step, how to achieve their career goals. Staff reinforces pre-employment skills, such as resume writing, interview skills, basic computer skills, and on-line applications which participants already knew or learned in JRT but may not have fully mastered.
Staff continues to offer support once a position is obtained, including a debriefing after the first day. Staff check in with and offer support to clients at least once per month for one year.