1.8 Weathering the Storm: Employment Strategies That Work


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1.8 Weathering the Storm: Employment Strategies That Work

Speaker: Jamie Fountain

To transition back into housing and off of time-limited rent subsidies, families and youth require immediate assistance to achieve sustainable work and economic security. This workshop will examine strategies that have helped low-income parents and youth find and maintain employment. Presenters will discuss strategies cultivated from successful subsidized and transitional employment program models and strategies for parents experiencing homelessness

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  • Services Free and open to all who show interest, follow through, and are age 24 and under. Success has a different meaning for every client, and will be measured as such Education and employment services will be used as a part of the continuum to help clients reach housing and behavioral health goals
  • Workshops are conducted in: Goals and objectives. Resume Building. Life Skills.
  • Depending on the nature of the track, each track will vary slightly but contain similar formatting: Applications vary depending on the functionality of the youth. Interns would be placed with one of our collaborative Partners that best matches the clients interest were possible.
  • Youth working as program out reach workers. Youth interning at separate programs as staff support.
  • 1.8 Weathering the Storm: Employment Strategies That Work

    1. 1. Larkin Street Youth Services Workforce Development Programing for Youth. Jamie Fountain, Manager of Workforce Development at Hire Up
    2. 2. Larkin Street Mission Statement <ul><li>The mission of Larkin Street Youth Services is to create a continuum of services that inspires youth to move beyond the street. We will nurture potential, promote dignity, and support bold steps by all. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Continuum of Care
    4. 4. Support Services
    5. 5. Hire Up Program Philosophy <ul><li>Services free to youth age 24 and under. </li></ul><ul><li>Success has different meanings for each youth. </li></ul><ul><li>Education and employment services - part of a continuum. </li></ul><ul><li>Using Harm Reduction when moving youth toward employment. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Youth Force <ul><li>Immediate paid work for homeless youth </li></ul><ul><li>Cross program collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Youth Expectations: “Youth Force is a test run” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Uniforms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Realistic consequences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experience for Resumes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff serve as job references </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Projects include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trash pickups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graffiti clean-up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pressure washing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Landscaping </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Light Janitorial duties </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Job Readiness Class (JRC) <ul><li>Monday – Friday from 9-12 </li></ul><ul><li>Clients paid $200 over 4 weeks </li></ul><ul><li>Class curriculum covers employment skills, life skills and working towards career goals </li></ul>
    8. 8. Institute for Hire Learning <ul><li>Internship program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3 months, 20 hr./wk. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Can help subsidize vocational/certificate programs. </li></ul><ul><li>Range of opportunities. </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative partners. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Internal Internships <ul><li>Peer facilitated program orientation groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Various type of opportunities within agency. </li></ul><ul><li>Youth hosted and planned groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Youth advisory Board internships. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Building Strong Collaborations <ul><li>Training employers how to work with homeless and at risk youth. </li></ul><ul><li>Inviting employers to conduct employment workshops with the youth. </li></ul><ul><li>Having youth perform volunteer hours at employer work sites. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Integrating Job Readiness and Post-Secondary <ul><li>Tying employment and education programming together. </li></ul><ul><li>Including education groups in job readiness training. </li></ul><ul><li>Conducting college readiness courses. </li></ul><ul><li>Attending tutoring sessions, or college readiness classes are part of the Internships. </li></ul>
    12. 12. Harm Reduction Strategies <ul><li>Meeting a young person were they are at. </li></ul><ul><li>Motivational interviewing when conducting assessments. </li></ul><ul><li>Working with youth on identifying employment goals. </li></ul><ul><li>Creating an employment work plan for each youth that meets their needs and skill set. </li></ul>
    13. 13. Contact Information © 2008 Larkin Street Youth Services Larkin Street Youth Services 1154 Sutter Street San Francisco, California 94109 T 415.673.0911 F 415.749.3838 www.larkinstreetyouth.org Jamie Fountain Manager of Workforce Development (415) 673-0911 ext. 211 [email_address]