Youth Alliance Offers Employment Program
The St. Joseph Youth Alliance is looking for young people ages 15 to 24 to participate in its Youth Employment Program.
The program teaches job readiness skills, mentoring and help with the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET).
The program is open to low-income youths in Andrew, Buchanan, Clinton and DeKalb counties who face hardships with barriers to education and or/employment said Jessica Goehring, director of the Youth Employment Program.
“A lot of youth they don’t have the skills to go out and get a job or even interviewing is a scary thing,” Goehring said.
The Youth Employment Program consists of three elements.
> The Missouri Mentoring Partnership and WIOA Youth Program provides opportunities, helps minimize barriers and creates support systems that lead to sustanibility for the individual and is not income based.
>The Missouri Mentoring Partnership (MMP) assists in preparing youth for employment education, healthy lifestyles and self-sufficiency through supported mentoring.
>The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act helps youth explore career opportunities and provides guidance and support for continuing educational attainment and skills training opportunities.
“The state was seeing a decline in work among this age group and employment skills,” Goehring said.
The programs also are designed to help youth stay in school or pass the HiSEP exam to get a diploma.
“It’s just to help people get out of poverty to learn the skills to find a job, keep a job and continue maybe in their education,” Goehring said.
For more information, call the St. Joseph Youth Alliance at 816-232-0050 or visit the office at 5223 Mitchell Ave.
Youth Alliance Program Receives Honor
Youth Volunteer Corps of St. Joseph was named a Gold Level YVC Affiliate, one of 15 YVC programs throughout the U.S. and Canada awarded this honor.
The youth service program, hosted by St. Joseph Youth Alliance, offers volunteer projects for youth ages 11 to 18 on weekends, after school and during the summer.
“We’re so proud of this honor for the YVC program and the youth volunteers involved,” said Anita Jolly, program director of YVC of St. Joseph. “We look forward to seeing all the great things that Youth Alliance youth will accomplish in the coming year.”
Last year 88 youth served a total of 2,363 volunteer hours with YVC of St. Joseph, helping out at places like retirement homes, food kitchens, animal shelters, parks and more.
Youth Volunteer Corps of St. Joseph’s mission is to create volunteer opportunities to address community needs and to inspire youth for a lifetime commitment to service. YVC of St. Joseph is one of more than 35 affiliates of Youth Volunteer Corps, headquartered in Kansas City.