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Youth Programs

The Alabama Workforce Investment Area (AWIA) offers innovative programs to assist out-of-school youth and other youth with significant barriers to employment between the ages of 16-24 by providing a broad array of activities designed for educational and occupational skills training in the 65 county area not including Jefferson and Mobile counties.

There are currently 18 youth programs throughout the AWIA that focus on educational attainment, work-based training opportunities and training linked to careers aligned with the skills needs of industries throughout the state. The goal of these programs is to help youth attain the education and employability skills that are necessary to get a job, keep their job and advance in their chosen career pathway.

Alabama Southern

The Alabama Southern Community College Project REACH OUT is an innovative and holistic program serving out-of-school youth in rural southwest Alabama. The program strives to improve educational attainment, prepare participants for success in employment, and support their development as young adults. Participants are recruited from a 5 county service area around Monroeville, AL (Clarke County, Choctaw County, Marengo County, Monroe County and Wilcox County). Participants, on average, attend the program 20-25 hours per week. Weekly interaction within the program includes time sitting in class (Adult Education, certificate classes or postsecondary degree), one on one meetings with case managers, workshops and presentations from Project REACH OUT or partnered organization, paid or unpaid work experiences and time spent in tutoring if applicable and study hours if enrolled in academic classes.

Alabama Southern
PO Box 2000
Monroeville, AL 35461
Collins Brown, Program Director, (251) 575-8270, cbrown@ascc.edu

Alfred Saliba

The Alfred Saliba Center for Families’ Career Designs for Youth (CDY) program strives to build skills while emphasizing career and academic accomplishment. Education and employment help teens and young adults acquire the knowledge and skills they need to become productive members of society. Youth that leave school and do not become part of the workforce are at risk of experiencing life-long negative outcomes. This puts this population at a disadvantage in achieving economic success as an adult. The mission of this program will be to assist youth that have dropped out of high-school obtain their GED and participate in either post-secondary education or obtain meaningful employment with a career focus. The CDY program is located at the Alfred Saliba Center for Families, situated in the southeast corner of Alabama, near the Georgia and Florida borders in a region called the Wiregrass. CDY primarily serves Dothan and Houston County residents but will also serve those in other local communities. The programs operates Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm and on Fridays 8:00 am until 12:00 pm. The program also provide services on Saturdays and on weekday evenings as needed.

Alfred Saliba
545 W. Main St.
PO Box 5706
Dothan, AL 36301
Jim Hartnett, Program Coordinator, (334) 712-0090, jhartnett@salibacenter.org

Attalla City Schools

The Attalla City Schools’ HIRED [Helping Inspire, Remediate, Educate] Program aims to increase employment in the Etowah County region and assist the school district with avoiding an increase in the amount of individuals without diplomas. The program achieves this by accounting for individual student differences, employing distinct strategies with different subgroups, and offering learning opportunities that do not look like traditional school environments. Strategies include the option of evening courses, self-paced learning through APEX online courses, partnerships with post-secondary institutions, earning credit for work experience, and flexible scheduling. Overall, there is a greater focus on creating individualized and supportive learning experiences where teachers and staff members act as caring mentors to advocate for each student’s needs. As a dropout recovery program set apart from traditional school settings, this program specializes in addressing the challenges faced by out-of-school youth by providing an appropriate menu of educational options leading to a high school diploma or equivalent, as well as career training and end with certifications in Health Science through the CNA Program or the Automotive Manufacturing Program in a partnership with CARCAM at Gadsden State Community College. The program runs for 36 weeks concurrent with the Attalla City School District calendar. However, the summer program will run eight weeks and will not operate the week of July 4th. The HIRED Program will offer job shadowing, STEM Camp at Gadsden State through CARCAM, paid and unpaid internships in the summer. Field trips to manufacturing plants and Health Care Facilities will be incorporated into the curriculum activities.

Attalla City Schools
100 Case Avenue
Attalla, AL 35954
Kim Perkins, Program Director, 256-504-0450, kperkins@attalla.k12.al.us

Bevill State Community College

The Bevill State Community College SOS program is dedicated to student success by providing quality educational and training opportunities that enrich lives intellectually, economically, and culturally” encompasses the goals of the SOS program. SOS is a committed proven program that has been in existence for over thirteen years and serves youth ages 16-24 in rural Alabama counties. SOS currently serves youth in Fayette, Walker, Marion, Pickens, and Lamar County. The five-county project service area covers approximately 3,650 square miles with an estimated population of 149,350. Participants will be provided, either directly through SOS or by referral to other partners, basic skills enrichment and GED preparation; paid and unpaid work experience; employment and resume assistance; occupational skills training in high-demand, high-wage occupations; mentoring relationships; transition to college assistance; tutoring; counseling that emphasizes goal setting/leadership development; employability skills training/career exploration; incentives for advancement; college tuition and fee assistance; financial literacy education; entrepreneurial skills training; and 12-month follow up.

The program also offers paid Work-Based Learning experience. S.O.S. program participants at gain experience at job sites for an 8 week period. During that time these participants will be paid $7.25 per hour for up to 16 hours per week for job duties which will develop skills along a variety of different career paths. In preparing our students for Work Based Learning, training in soft skills will be a requirement. This will include completing resumes and job applications and practicing interview skills.

Bevill State Community College
1411 Indiana Avenue
Jasper, AL 35501
Max Weaver (205) 387- 0511 extension: 5138, max@bscc.edu

Butler County Schools

Butler County’s Second Chance Program is an Alternative Education Program that provides participants assistance in overcoming barriers that have contributed to their lack of success in achieving educational and career goals. Second Chance is a cooperative and collaborative effort among schools, Greenville Career Center, communities, agencies, programs, funding sources, local businesses, and local colleges. The Second Chance Program is strategically designed to offer out-of-school youth ages 16 – 24 opportunities to obtain a GED, high school diploma, assistance in obtaining employment, leadership development, perusing postsecondary education enrollment, perusing military enlistment, improve and/or develop work readiness skills, earn a recognized industry credential, and be exposed to an intensive support system to ensure that individual goals are met. Since 2006, the Second Chance Program has been a safe haven for high school dropouts, students disengaged with the traditional high school learning environment, and most recently for students with a high school diploma that are skill deficient or under employed. Although Butler County is classified as a rural county, farming, logging, and textiles have greatly declined as leading industries of the county. New business industries require applicants to have more refined work ethic and employable skills than ever before. Utilizing available resources of the school system as well as additional resources, the Second Chance Program will address all fifteen WIOA Youth Program Elements and in doing so produce youth that are ideal applicants for employment, the military, and/or post-secondary education.

Butler County Schools
211 School Highlands Road
Greenville, AL 36037
Rheta McClain, Program Director, (334) 382-2665, Rheta.McClain@butlerco.k12.al.us

Children’s Policy Council of Dallas County

The Dallas County Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (DCWIOA) focuses on allowing eligible youth the opportunity to be linked to a network of community programs focusing on advancing their educational opportunities, career readiness and job placement. The program leverages support from the Dallas County District Court (DCDC), Dallas County School Systems, Selma Career Center, Dallas County Fatherhood Initiative, The Arsenal Place Accelerator (APA), the Hope Academy and a vast array of community service providers in order to create a seamless network of resources for Dallas County youth. The ISS incorporates the 14 WIOA elements and are comprised of both short and long term goals applicable to the youth’s present need. Proposed activities include tutoring/mentoring, study skills training, alternative secondary school services, GED preparation, Ready for Work program – offered at Wallace College, job readiness/placement, entrepreneurial skills training, internship/apprenticeship opportunities, and financial management and life skills. Follow-up includes a long term comprehensive service program utilizing network resources and runs a period of not less than twelve months after the completion of the program in order to ensure graduates have ongoing mentoring for job retention.

Children’s Policy Council of Dallas County
105 Lauderdale Street
Selma, AL 36702
Towanda Friday, Program Director, 334-876-4865, tfriday.dcwia@gmail.com

Circle of Care Center for Families

The Circle of Care Center for Families provides academic support and employment skills training for out of school youth between the ages of 16-24 in Chambers and surrounding counties. Youth receive workplace skills training using the Why Try? curriculum and the Botvin Life Skills Training Curriculum while also receiving GED instruction, Work Keys certification, tutoring, and mentoring. Participants are assisted in securing employment and/or transitioning into postsecondary programs. Support services are provided according to an individualized plan tailored to the needs of each participant. Tutoring and GED preparation is provided Tuesday through Thursday. Preparation for transition to postsecondary is provided through college application workshops and tours of local schools. Work experiences are developed with the career center and local employers. Participants are informed of pre-requisites for occupational skills training programs and have the opportunity to meet with the staff of local training programs. Entrepreneurial skills training and labor market information is be provided through the local career center. Leadership training is provided through community service opportunities and decision making workshops. Financial literacy services are provided through a partnership with the Alabama Extension Service.

Circle of Care Center for Families
2200 35th Place
Valley, AL 36854
Nancy Poole, Director, (334) 768-4091, circleofcare@knology.net

Community Service Programs of West Alabama

Community Service Programs of West Alabama, Inc. (CSP) operates an employment and employment skills training program that focuses on out-of-school youth living in Tuscaloosa County who are between the ages of 16 and 24. CSP’s program provides eight weeks of classroom training and entry-level work experience for youth enrolled in the program. With a significant number of out-of-school youth in Tuscaloosa County, this area needs a program that provides employment skills training and education assistance to help youth gain entry into the workforce. In order to assist out-of-school youth with obtaining work experience and employability skills that could lead to long-term, gainful employment, CSP implemented an Out-of-School Youth program that provides skill-building training during the morning hours and on-the-job experience during the afternoon hours. Morning sessions focus of life skills and job readiness skills such as developing a winning resume, appropriate workplace attire, punctuality, positive attitudes, problem-solving skills, and interview skills. Afternoon work experiences take place in a variety of workplace settings with local employers. Participants are paid for their work experiences, earning $8.00 per hour for approximately 20 hours per week. While participants are enrolled in the program, they receive intensive case management services and access to a variety of supportive services as identified through the development of an Individual Service Strategy. Following program completion, participants receive follow-up services for a minimum of twelve months. Once a participant completes the program, CSP’s job coach and case management staff work with the participant to place him/her in permanent entry-level employment or assist the individual with enrollment in postsecondary education.

Community Service Programs of West Alabama
601 Black Bears Way
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Sontonia Stephens, Director, (205) 752-5429, sstephens@cspwal.com

Department of Youth Services District 210

The Department of Youth Services (DYS) School District provides educational services for adjudicated youth throughout the State of Alabama, typically 16-17 year old males, academically two grade-levels below average performance, with a median adjudication of 6-9 months. CraftTrain is DYS’ simulated workforce incentive training program for career and technical education (CTE) students. Its primary goal is to help prepare them for gainful employment and/or continuing education through individualized training and transitional services. Within CraftTrain, all DYS career tech programs operate collaboratively under a company model that combines nationally recognized third-party business and industry curricula, hands-on training and live-work, and academic remediation and tutoring within a value-added simulated workforce environment. The CraftTrain Continuum is the continuous provision of training and services made available to participants. The continuum begins with student interest in an identified career tech program, company orientation, simulated on-the-job training, continuing education, and company post-orientation. CraftTrain incorporates standards of national certification and credentialing for students, attainability of entry-level certification/credentialing within 6 months of adjudication, emphasis on the importance of work-readiness, leadership, teamwork, and financial literacy skill attainment, facilitation of seamless transition for students from DYS to school and/or the workforce, and services to maximize students’ successful transfer of knowledge and skills from the classroom to the workplace. The broad components and core competencies of the adopted third-party business and industry certifying agencies such as NCCER, Microsoft IT Academy, ACT WorkKeys, and the Alabama Council on Economic Education Stock Market Game, set the curriculum framework for CraftTrain. The core belief behind the CraftTrain work-readiness program is that learning is optimal when students can readily see its value.

Department of Youth Services District 210
PO Box 66
Mount Meigs, AL 36057
Dr. SoJuan N. Crenshaw (334) 215-3851, Sojuan.crenshaw@dys.alabama.gov

Easter Seals of West Alabama

Easter Seals West Alabama (ESWA) partners with multiple agencies to create an innovative model addressing the needs of At Risk Youth in Tuscaloosa County, age 16-24, who have dropped out of school. The model, called “Future Promise”, creates outcomes for career development, educational attainment and work-based learning leading to employment. Through collaborative efforts with West Alabama Works and Community Works Tuscaloosa, participants are linked to in-demand industry sectors in the local economy, have access to career opportunities in construction and health care sectors. Manufacturing, distribution, automotive and information technology sectors are being developed to expand training opportunities. Opportunities to obtain industry recognized credentials are available through referrals to Post-Secondary programs. Major activities leading to successful outcomes include an assessment of basic skills (TABE), occupational skills and employability training, interest and aptitude tests, supportive services and referral for developmental needs. Assessment lead to the development of an Individual Service Strategy (ISS) identifying goals for employment, achievement objectives, and support service needs, as well as connection and referral to age appropriate resources for short and long term goals. Participants receive services to improve educational attainment, including placement into Adult Basic Education. Participants prepare for successful employment through ready to work activities at ESWA, Community Works Tuscaloosa, and Shelton State Community College. Employment activities may include internships, paid or unpaid work experience, and summer employment. Support services include case management, personal and family interviews, vocational evaluations when needed, job placement/follow-up, TABE testing, Achievement/Life Skills classes and career exploration. Future Promise provides, or coordinates services to prepare youth for: post-secondary opportunities, links between academic and occupational learning, including paid and unpaid employment opportunities, and connections with industry leading to employment. Through collaboration with West Alabama Works, participants have access to a unique model of partnership between area industries and academic programs to provide internships, paid or unpaid work experience, and pre-apprenticeship training.

Easter Seals of West Alabama
1110 Dr. Edward Hilliard Drive
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Renee McMullen, Program Coordinator, (205) 759-1211, rmcmullen@eswaweb.org

Family Guidance Center of Alabama

The Work Ready! Program operated by the Family Guidance Center of Alabama assists WIOA-eligible, out-of-school young adults, 16-24 years of age, in Montgomery, Autauga, Butler, Crenshaw, Elmore, Lowndes Counties in attaining their employment goals through education, certificate training, work readiness skill-building, supportive services, and sustained, individualized case management. The services offered through Work Ready! are addressed through case management, the Intensive Job Readiness class structure, and/or through the job search component. Case management ensures that participants identify and set personal goals related to employment and education, access unpaid work experience as needed, receive supportive services and mentoring, have appropriate guidance through the program and through other community organizations, and receive 12 months of follow-up services. The Intensive Job Readiness class and Job Search address program elements involving career guidance including preparing for post-secondary education or training, occupational skill training including those involving desired soft skills, awareness of entrepreneurial opportunities and labor market facts, leadership development, financial literacy skills, and work readiness. Following enrollment in Work Ready! participants undertake phases of coordinated, interactive components:

1. Intensive Job Readiness
2. Education/Certification and Employment Search
3. Employment or Education Enrollment with Sustained Case Management

Each hands-on, activity-driven component moves the young adults toward identifying desired employment/education goals, designing and working a plan to attain the desired goals, and follow-up and supportive services that allow them to overcome obstacles and barriers to goal attainment and career success.

Family Guidance Center of Alabama
2358 Fairlane Drive
Montgomery, AL 36116
Sue Barrett, (334) 270-4100, sbarrett@familyguidancecenter.org

Hope Place Family Resource Center

The Youth Workforce Advantage program at The Hope Place Family Resource Center in Brewton, AL assists out-of-school youth ages 16-24 in attaining education by passing their GED and becoming employed. Program participants focus on reaching a degree or certificate and increasing in literacy and numeracy gains through use of all 15 WIOA elements. Hope Place’s focus is to assist youth in educational attainment, successful work experiences and gaining greater knowledge in accessing employment opportunities. Participants achieve literacy and numeracy gains as they prepare for the GED test in addition to gaining soft skills which produce a more productive, satisfied employee. The focus is for participants to gain work maturity and employability skills which enable them to secure a job that leads to an advanced career path. The program operates daily at Hope Place Family Resource Center and also offers off-site in other locations throughout the county as needed by demand. Participants receive an average of 20 hours per week in instruction. Staff will also be available to assist participants throughout the day with individual sessions to help participants reach their goals. Hope Place has a productive track record of youth programming serving over 500 youth within this past year in various capacities. Career development, progressive monitoring and assessment enable instructors to place youth in career structured tracks for optimal success.

Hope Place Family Resource Center
212 St Joseph Ave
Brewton, AL 36426
Vicki Fussell, Director, 251-867-4686

Huntsville-Madison County Mental Health Board

The Huntsville-Madison County Mental Health Board’s Launch Program targets out-of-school, at-risk youth and young adults, ages 16-24, from Marshall, Jackson DeKalb, Limestone, Morgan, Madison, and Etowah counties who face barriers to education and employment. Many of these youth experience unstable home-lives, personal and family problems which are overwhelming without support. A unique component of the Launch program is the professional counseling service provided by the Mental Health Center’s master’s level counselors who are qualified to conduct psycho-social assessments and to offer a range of services including guidance counseling, career interest inventory and personality testing, mental health counseling, therapeutic intervention, coaching and referrals for social support. By providing assistance to this sector of the population, Launch enables youth and young adults to reach their education and career goals, thus creating a trained, prepared workforce for the region.
Launch actively engages the youth and young adults in a system that (a) assesses participants’ basic skill deficiencies in literacy and/or numeracy using the Tabe test, (b) increases basic skills through education and training (c) helps address issues such as housing, child care and transportation needs through community partners and Launch Advisory Councils, (d) helps prepare participants to obtain a GED through partnerships with adult education programs, (e) assists participants in obtaining an Alabama Career Readiness Certificate through Work Keys assessments, remediation, and testing offered through the community college system, (f) determines individual career interests through career counseling and exploration, college tours, interest inventories and assessments, (g) facilitates work experiences, job shadowing or on-the-job training relative to personal career goals as available, (h) provides leadership and character development activities that will help ensure job readiness and retention (i) counsels the youth and young adults in dealing with the social, behavioral, financial, and transitional issues that may pose barriers to success, (j) assist youth and young adults with enrollment in post-secondary training programs to meet their career goals, stressing short-term training in high-growth and high-demand industries, (k) helps the youth and young adults gain meaningful and self-sustaining employment to allow them to become contributing members of their community and (l) maintains contact throughout enrollment and 12 months following exit to assist with job placement and transition to independence.

Huntsville-Madison County Mental Health Board
4040 S Memorial Pkwy
Huntsville, AL 35802
Sherman Dailey, Program Director, (256) 705- 6339, sherman_dailey@yahoo.com

Northwest-Shoals Community College

The Northwest-Shoals Youth Success Program (YSP) provide services to disadvantaged, out-of-school youth, ages 16-24, in Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, and Winston Counties. Youth Success Career Advisors are based at locations convenient and accessible to participants in each county. They are responsible for direct services such as counseling, referral, support, tutoring arrangement, and case management. The Work Experience Liaisons build partnerships with local and regional businesses and industries to provide workplace learning opportunities for program participants. Numerous businesses and industries operate in the five county area with a high demand for employees requiring training beyond a high school diploma or GED. Collaborations with these sources, the Career Center Systems, as well as the Chambers of Commerce assist the YSP staff in career goal setting with participants. Major activities of the Youth Success Program include: tutoring, workshops on career readiness, job seeking skills, work ethic, resume preparation, interview preparation, and tours to career fairs and businesses/industries. The Youth Success Program will collaborate with the Alabama Career Center Systems, businesses/industries, and the Chamber of Commerce to help meet the employment needs of the area as the YSP staff work in directing participants to high demand occupations. A part-time Work Experience Liaison works closely with local businesses and industries to assess employment skill needs and to engage employers in meaningful, comprehensive youth serving partnerships. Through intergenerational mentoring, on the job experience, job shadowing, summer employment, and apprenticeship training, participants are exposed to competency models, career ladders, and career lattices in the local high growth/high demand industries.

Northwest-Shoals Community College
PO Box 2545
800 George Wallace Blvd
Muscle Shoals, AL 35662
Cindy Statom, Program Coordinator, (256) 331- 5323, cindy.statom@nwscc.edu

Regional Alliance 4 Children

Regional Alliance 4 Children’s Youth Enrichment Services (YES) Program, a Workforce Investment Act initiative begun in May 2002, enables out-of-school youth to obtain the GED® or online high school diploma and the Career Readiness Certificate (CRC), gain work-readiness and basic occupational skills, access career pathway and post-secondary information, participate in field trips and leadership activities, earn incentives, and receive paid technical education tuition when funds are available. Serving Coffee, Covington, Dale, and Geneva Counties, the YES Program targets out-of-school youth who meet WIOA eligibility requirements. The ages served are 17 (16 if court-ordered) through 24. Other special criteria to enter the program include scoring at least a 5.8 level in both reading and math based on the Computer Learning Works (CLW) test as well as successfully completing a brief probationary period (2 to 4 weeks) to determine commitment to program goals, exhibiting logistical and practical ability to attend class, and posing no perceived threat to other participants or staff. The YES Program serves the neediest youth. All participants are out-of-school and require additional assistance to complete educational and employment goals.

Regional Alliance 4 Children
99 Edwards St
Enterprise, AL 36331
Jeannie Bryan, Program Coordinator, (334) 393-3789, bryanjds@aol.com

Reid State Technical College

This Reid State Program provides support primarily for out-of-school youth between the ages of 16-24 in Conecuh, Monroe, Escambia, Butler, and Covington Counties. More specifically, this program targets individuals without a high school diploma or GED and/or neither enrolled in Adult Education/GED preparation program. Additionally, the program serves out-of-school youths who have an earned high school diploma or GED but did not continue education after exiting high school. The WIOA program provides a variety of services and activities geared towards academic and career success. Additionally, some elements of the program are provided through other RSTC programs in order to enhance the program’s efficiency. Specifically, remediation services are offered through the Adult Education Program. The AE program currently provides these services to their existing student body. Therefore instructors are already trained and utilize best practices for student remediation to maximize student potential and learning. Moreover, Career Counseling and College Prep Classes are offered through the RSTC Career Coach. Personalized counseling services is provided by the RSTC Counseling Office. The Director of Counseling will assist students needing emotional, mental, physical disability, drug and/or alcohol abuse or special accommodations or services. The program understands that not all individuals are interested in earning college credit, but rather obtain workforce skills/training that can immediately put them to work. Thus, an essential element within the program provides participants with the opportunity to earn an industry certified credential. Many RSTC instructors have industry certified credentials allowing them to train and certify students with credentials such as NCCER, OSHA, CPR, and First Aid. Additionally, RSTC offers many short certificate programs in Alabama’s high demand careers with coursework lasting only one or two semesters. Specifically, the program encourages enrollment in the following college programs: Welding (short-certificate), Nursing Assistance (Short-Certificate), Phlebotomy (Short-Certificate), Emergency Medical Services (Short-Certificate), Industrial Maintenance (Short-Certificate) and Industrial Electronics/Electricity (Associate).

Reid State Technical College
PO Box 588
Evergreen, AL 36401
Coretta Boykin, (251) 578-1313 cboykin@rstc.edu

Second Chance Foundation

Second Chance Works is designed to provide comprehensive workforce development services targeted to the most underserved and at-risk out of school youth in the River Region (Montgomery, Lowndes, Autauga, and Elmore Counties) – those who are expelled from school for serious behavioral offenses or are involved with juvenile court. Second Chance Works program design includes objective and informal assessment leading to individualized experiential and didactic workforce preparation with an emphasis on the strengths-based model of counseling and connections to supportive adults. The Second Chance Works program is based at the Second Chance Foundation facility at 810 Cedar Street in Montgomery. A Trenholm State Technical College Adult Education site that is located one block away will co-enroll participants working on a GED. The core hours for the structured daily program are 1-4 p.m. Monday – Thursday. Each participant will spend three months in the daily program. Program participation will continue after that time frame with case management and ongoing educational and employment activities. It is estimated that average program participation will be three – six months. Expected outcomes, consistent with the performance objectives, are documented increases in educational functioning levels on basic literacy and numeracy skills, completion of secondary school or GED, and placement in employment or military service, or enrollment in postsecondary education. Based on an Individual Service Strategy, youth will participate in a three month structured daily program, with case management and referrals addressing additional needs.

Second Chance Foundation
810 Cedar Street
Montgomery, AL 36106
Trinidy Thomas, Program Director, (334) 263-9733, trinidy.thomas@2ndchanceal.com

West-Mid Alabama Community Development Corporation

The West Mid-Alabama Community Development Corporation, Inc., (WMA-CDC) Project YES (Youth Empowered to Succeed) program is available for Greene and Sumter County young adults, ages 16-24. Participants include youth not attending school and fall within one or more of the following categories: School dropout, high school graduate (diploma or GED) who is a low income individual and is basic skills deficient or an English language learner, subject to the juvenile/adult justice system, homeless, runaway, in foster care/has aged out of the foster care system; pregnant and/or parenting, disabled, and requiring additional assistance to enter or complete an education program to secure or hold employment. Project YES features training for occupations in the healthcare industry–health care is experiencing labor shortages and is in high demand due to the many health disparities in West Alabama. Project YES targets skills and competencies demanded by the healthcare industry; support career pathways for employment and result in an employer or industry recognized credential. Project YES combines supportive services with education, training and stipends to help participants overcome many of the barriers that hinder long-term employment success. Project YES is a collaborative effort between WMA-CDC, Shelton State Community College, Sumter County Board of Education, Sumter County DHR, Greene County DHR, Universal Medical Training Services (UMTS) and Judge Lillie Osborne. Medical employment training services are provided by UMTS. The training includes 180 hours in the healthcare profession, leading to certificates and credentials. UMTS staff will also provide case management, jobs development and placement. Additional employment training includes, but is not limited to: construction, culinary arts, truck driving and auto body repair through the CA Fredd Campus of Shelton State and other employment programs. Participants who enroll full-time in these programs may complete a Certificate in as little as two semesters (8 months), once all education requirements are met. Project YES works with the Alabama Career Centers for placement for youth interested in other employment and career industries.

West-Mid Alabama Community Development Corporation
105 E Main Street
Livingston, AL 35470
Marilyn Armistead, 205-799-1485 wmacdc@gmail.com

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