Investment in programs aimed at increasing the employability of participants of all ages (with an emphasis on Opportunity Youth), including placement in permanent or temporary opportunities such as internships and work experience, to improve their skills.
The Adult Basic Education (ABE) program provides Spanish-speaking adult learners five core instructional areas: Basic Literacy, Computer Literacy, ESL, GED and Pre-GED. Latino Center of the Midlands (LCM) employs one full-time director and seven part-time instructors to offer these classes. The ABE program offers daytime, evening, and weekend classes at five sites to accommodate the needs of the students.
This program has weekly five hour classes on Saturday quarterly throughout each year. Classes are offered in Spanish. A review of the curriculum content reveals participants are educated about licensing requirements, analyzing the family child care market, business planning, marketing, child nutrition and the child and adult care food program legal issues, child abuse, record keeping, policies and procedures, shaken baby syndrome, curriculum, social media, taxes and finance, setting up a home and a childcare and costs of operation. Participants also complete CPR and first aid training as part of the curriculum. Child care staff begins a home visit and evaluation of each eligible participant, with assessment of any obstacles in language, site specifications, social or educational barriers. To graduate participants are required to attend 8 classes and complete and present a business plan. Staff assists with technical support in child development, licensing requirements, business plans, financial projections, and writing of grants available to new day care businesses and paperwork for accepting Title XX payments.
Each summer City Sprouts hires twelve to fourteen youth from the community to learn gardening, urban farming, education, public health and culinary skills. These students are facing significant challenges in their young lives- uncertain home life, lack of sufficient financial support, difficulties at school. Many of them do not have a model of continuous employment in their homes. Through our program, they learn to complete an application, go through an interview and create a resume. The expectations are high- show up every day, on time, dressed appropriately; be responsible, be respectful, follow directions , behave in a professional and appropriate manner. These are skills that will serve them well in future employment settings.
Urban League of Nebraska Employment and Career Services reduces poverty in our community by (1) helping individuals learn the skills needed to obtain and retain employment that pays a living wage and thus become self sufficient, and (2) connecting employers with a skilled and diverse workforce.
Transition from life in a refugee camp to fast-paced American culture can be overwhelming. The first few months are filled with paperwork, numerous appointments, new information, acclimation; as well as reunions with family and friends, connections and influences, and a nearly overwhelming amount of adjustment and expectation.
Jacobs’ Place Transitional Living and Branching Out Independent Living Programs provide services to young adults facing the challenges of transitioning from dependent living toward living independent lives. Both programs serve at-risk populations who have limited or no access to housing, safety or other basic needs and who face other barriers to academic success, employability or self-sufficiency. The objective of both programs is to take youth out of the cycle of poverty and give them the support they want and need to achieve independence.
Because Heartland Hope Mission serves a large client base that are classified as the working poor, providing employment assistance becomes a necessary part of helping families to work towards self-sufficiency, which is our organization's primary goal. Job Paths helps clients who: have recently lost a job, are low skilled or unskilled; are underemployed; are hard to place workers; and have felonies.
The Resource Center, opened in Fall 2013, is a safe and hospitable place for residents to come together to build community and participate in empowerment-based programming. The primary objective of the Resource Center is to address community and economic needs of the Park Avenue (Omaha, NE) and surrounding community, with a special focus on equipping and supporting employment success for low-income and minority individuals and families. The personal and professional skills developed at the Resource Center assists clients in obtaining and maintaining sustainable employment required for independent living and life success.
The "Partnership for Youth Job Skill Development" Program will help homeless and at-risk youth reach self-sufficiency and become a part of our community. Homeless and at-risk youth have a wide variety of needs. YES offers a continuum of services to meet short and long-term needs of those on the streets in the Omaha metro area. One of the unmet needs faced by many youth in our programs is employment. As the labor market becomes more specialized and the economy demands higher levels of skill, job readiness is critical, especially for those unemployed and underemployed.
The STEPS program was built within the larger context of REEP. REEP assists more than 400 refugees each year with searching for employment. Most clients served by REEP have few transferrable skills and speak very little English upon arrival in the U.S. Program resources have been structured to assist these individuals in quickly finding jobs in the meatpacking and hospitality industries so that they may move off of government assistance and begin their path to self-sufficiency.
While Omaha overall experiences a 3% unemployment rate, in targeted areas within our community, residents are facing upwards of 25% unemployment. STEP-UP OMAHA! bridges the gap between businesses and the tomorrow’s diverse workforce. This vitally important initiative provides jobs, internships, and work experience, with a mixture of vocational training, academic recovery, life skills training, and community service opportunities. Initially a program focused on North Omaha and formed specifically to reduce gun violence during the summer of 2008, Step-Up Omaha! has evolved into the largest summer employment and job training program in the city and state.
Approximately 100,000 adolescents and young adults experience a first episode psychosis each year in the U.S. With peak onset occurring between ages 16 - 24, psychotic disorders can derail a young person’s social, academic and vocational development and initiate a trajectory of accumulating disability. Traditional treatment approaches involve hospital and medication for multiple episodes of acute illness with each episode setting the individual back further in his/her development and functioning.
The purpose of WCA’s Self-Sufficiency Program is to move survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault from short-term safety to an economically-sustainable and independent life. The program seeks to strengthen the competency of victims in the following areas: awareness of community resources, financial literacy, and career readiness. Case-managers work directly with clients to assess strengths and barriers to self-sufficiency, support the development of individualized goals and action plans, and facilitate access to community resources. All services are offered to clients at no charge.
The Literacy Center works individually with each student to help them develop a personalized educational plan based on an enrollment pre-test and what their short and long term goals are. All students are required to complete instruction in computer literacy, as the new GED test must be taken online. Not only will this assist with the successful completion of a GED, but also in daily life such as applying for jobs.
YouthBuild Omaha is a program for young adult’s ages 16 to 24 years who have struggled with school, many not having a high school diploma, and need help getting their life back on track. The YouthBuild program combines classroom learning and hands-on construction experience. Our goal is to empower YouthBuild participants to become self-sufficient.