Employment & Training for Youth
The community aims to reduce disparities for students of color in graduation rates, health, and exposure to violence, contact with the juvenile justice system, employment and career success.
The community’s vision is that all children grow up in a safe, healthy environment with opportunities and resources that allow them to reach their very highest educational, personal and career potential.
We envision our community as a highly educated populace where everyone has access to opportunities—a community of successful contributing citizens where equity is a lived experience.
Work Opportunities TrainingWOT
POIC’s Work Opportunities Training offers career coaching, career planning, and financial literacy services, job readiness support to RAHS students and graduates through age 25.
A partnership with Worksystems, Inc., supplies pre-vocational training and work experience to 180 students and graduates, who work with a mentor to explore careers non-traditional to underserved populations and obtain summer internships with collective impact partners and SummerWorks projects.
Of Career Prep youth, 86% placed in employment retained their jobs at six months and 73% enrolled at RAHS earned their diploma or GED.
The Transitions program currently partners with WOT to provide access to career and training services to RAHS graduates, 285 youth; this number is expected to exceed 300 with Class 2015 graduations.
On average, 40 to 60 youth utilize the Transitions Center walk-in hours each month, for tutoring, application assistance, study or computing space, and barrier removal. A recurring monthly networking luncheon and three FAFSA assistance nights serve 100-150 youth, annually.
The Young Parent Education Program provides school-based parenting and health education to 40 pregnant and parenting RAHS students and an additional 30 youth through community-based evening courses.