The Youth Job Center’s (YJC) primary goal is to provide youth with the necessary skills for successful employment. YJC’s 10-hour four-part pre-employment training introduces workplace expectations and provides staff an opportunity to assess youths’ job readiness. Training sessions focus on both hard skills (e.g. job applications, interviews and telephone techniques) and soft skills (e.g. work ethic and people skills). All participants complete a pre- and post- employment skills assessment in connection with the employment skills training.
Along with the extensive training workshops the participants get, the YJC also provides participants with individualized placement meetings where trained job coaches develop a job strategy customized to each youth’s specific need. The job coach provides logistical and moral support, while monitoring each youth’s pre- and post- hiring performance for 12 weeks.