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Grace Marketplace Service Project- FLAAB and Mentors
We will serve as individual career consultants to the clients at Grace
Marketplace. These series of workshops are designed to educate, motivate and
inspire people experiencing homelessness in the Gainesville community by
providing knowledge and skills that have been learned in the Florida Leadership
Academy and passing it along to build business professionals. We will also be
converting the computer lab in to a career resource center! Please remember
that we are representing not just the Florida Leadership Academy or the
Heavener School of Business but the University of Florida. This is a series of
professional workshops but should be engaging and memorable!
What is Grace Marketplace?
GRACE is a one-stop approach to social services. Below are some of the
services GRACE provides to the Gainesville community.
Intake and referral
Substance abuse and mental health counseling
Assistance with public benefit signups (food stamps, Medicaid, SSI/SSDI, and
Showers and restrooms
Breakfast and Dinner
Outdoor shelter pavilion
Storage of personal belongings
For more information, feel free to visit the website: gracemarketplace.org
* All information shared between you, the client, and this form is confidential! *
Meet the week before workshop at Grace
Each group must add something to the computer lab
Fill out client forms
Fill out feedback form
Each group must arrive at 5:30pm. Please plan accordingly and give yourself
time for any delays. You are required to be on time if you want credit for
attending the event! Meet at the main Welcome Center and ask where the
computer lab is.
You are responsible for finding your own transportation to and from the training
and the workshop event. There are a limited number of parking spaces so please
make arrangements to ride together.
Attire/Things to bring
Please wear your FLA polo with appropriate jeans (dark denim, no holes). Also,
wear your nametag, a belt, and closed toe shoes. Please consider bringing your
laptop to Grace in case there are more people than we expect. There are only 5
computers in the lab.
Meeting the week before
Your group must meet the week before your session at Grace to discuss what
the hour will look like, to practice with client profiles and to discuss what your
group will add to the computer lab to convert it in to a career resource center.
You must send a breakdown of what your hour will look like and your
addition to the computer lab to the community service committee member
assigned to your group.
Career resource center addition
You can add anything you want to the center to make it as resourceful as
possible. There will be a Google doc shared amongst groups so no two ideas are
brought to Grace. We would like to see posters on the walls, pamphlets, a
bulletin board, etc so be creative!
As FLAAB and mentors, you will facilitate the sessions but you will not actually
do the one-on-one career consulting. The FLA mentees will work one-on-one
with the Grace clients as you observe, encourage and provide support and
assistance if it is needed. The week before the workshop, you are responsible for
coordinating meeting with your group to 1, go over how the hour will break down,
2, practice career coaching sessions by using client profiles and 3, decide what
addition you and your group will make to the computer lab. At the actual session,
you will be responsible for organizing the group and keeping everyone on pace to
finish by 6:50pm to leave time for mentees to fill out the form. You can walk
around to the different groups while they are meeting as well.
Example Breakdown of Workshop at Grace
0-1 min Welcome
1-3 min Introduction- who we are, why we are here, what services do we offer
3-5 min Ice breaker
5-50 min One-on-one career coaching
50-60 min Fill out client form
Every FLA mentee will fill out this form at the end of every session. It
encompasses what was talked about in the meeting and also provides a
guideline for being a successful career consultant.
If you have a client who has seen an FLA consultant prior to your session, use this
link to look up what was talked about at the first meeting:
Feedback Survey Link:
2845 Northeast 39th Avenue #13, Gainesville, FL 32609 (12 minute drive)
1. Starting from the front of Hough Hall
2. Turn left onto SW 13th St
3. Turn right on to W University Avenue
4. Turn left onto NE Waldo Road
5. Turn right onto NE 39th Ave
6. Destination will be on the left