In 2015, we launched a program aimed at creating careers for teens who do not attend college.
Our workforce development program differs from many others in that it provides not just a job but a career pathway for those who do not pursue a post-secondary education. We explore the hiring needs of local companies to determine what skills they need to see from a potential employee in order to guarantee that person a job. Then we work with the company to set up a program that enables our kids to learn those specific skills as well as more general ones. Club members following one of these career paths must attend all training, graduate from high school and stay out of trouble.
Kids who successfully complete the program will have a job when they get out of school.
The program matches local companies’ need for reliable, trained workers with the career needs of teens who do not go to college. One way to break the cycle of poverty in Cleveland is to give teens a pathway to good careers.
In December 2016, we partnered with Resilience Capital Partners to launch Pathway to Resilience, a groundbreaking skills and training program to provide at-risk teens and young adults with a pathway toward meaningful employment. Launched as a three-year pilot program, Pathway to Resilience serves at-risk and gang-involved young people aged 17½ and older — the same population we reach through our Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance initiative.
The first pilot program will select two groups of 10 young people to participate in an intensive, six-month career readiness and mentoring program that combines job skills and literacy instruction with extracurricular activities such as athletics and music. After completion of the training program, participants will be eligible for employment with sponsors of the program, which will include large and small Cleveland-area employers.