Being a native Patersonian, I have seen the plight of young people living within our city who graduate from high school and are ill equip for responsibilities of daily life by not having life skill or knowing how to employ transferable life skills into their resume. Most young people are not aware of the many services available within the city to assist in the time of need, such as knowing how to access needed and viable services, know the location of the board of social services in Passaic County. It is important for adolescents to begin creating resumes, developing interviewing skills that will prepare them for a life towards self-sufficiency. ay something interesting about your business here.
The goal of this initiative is to equip youth with life skills needed in order for them to enter adulthood as a self-sufficient individual.
· Expose participants to community and civic engagement through volunteerism.
· Provide trainings for job readiness.
· Provide a safe space to discuss healthy behaviors and making responsible choices.
· Students will learn how to budget and manage their finances.
Service Youth ages 13-24 categorically; meet our LOS of 20 individual; transform the lives of participants to bring them closer towards self-sufficiency; conduct workshops and trainings; impact youth within the two month period they are enrolled within the program.
Conduct workshops on abstinence and prevent risky sexual behavior that could lead to unwanted pregnancies amongst teens. Roundtable discussion will be held to discuss challenges of abstinence, pressure from peers. We will foster self-love, self-determination and, self-respect.
Conduct workshops to promote financial literacy which includes, but is not limited to, budgeting, savings, credit, spending habits and, money management. Students will learn about home buying in order to expose them to the home buying process. We will partner with a local bank to conduct workshops which teach how to open checking and savings accounts and how to write checks and basic money management.
Students will also engage in a “Real Life” activity where they choose a profession, earn the income and determine their monthly living expenses. Within this program they will budget their living expenses from housing costs to food costs, cell phone bill, utilities, food, entertainment, etc. This gives students a clear picture of what they need to do in order to live the life they desire. In addition, they will also learn what type of education and skills are need in order to secure employment in the field they have selected.
Program participants will be assisted with resume writing, interview skills and, proper business attire. Participants will have access to the computers at our office to conduct job searches. We will assist with online applications and guide participants on how to respond to questions that lead to collecting information without directly asking. For example, there are ethical questions and questions that will inform organization if an individual has a criminal history background. Mock interviews will prepare participant on what to say and how they should present themselves on a job interview. Many life skills can be transferable work experiences. We will guide participants on how to reflect these transferable skills into employment skill.
Community Outreach/Civic Engagement
Since our inception we have collaborated with several partners throughout the City of Paterson. In working with our partners, we will facilitate opportunities for civic engagement at various organizations throughout the City of Paterson. In addition, we will guide youth towards ways in which they can promote civic engagement amongst their peers through food, clothing and toiletry drives. This component of the Level Up program is geared towards promoting volunteerism while also learning about the community in which they reside. Additional outings will be to some of the national landmarks within the City of Paterson. These visits are important because many youth do not know the rich history of Paterson and some have never been to the Paterson Falls, which is a National Landmark.