The Employment Services Department increases employment success among youth ages 14-24. Services provide participating youth with access to and support for the completion of educational and vocational assessment, exploration, job skills development, on the job training, paid work experience and job placement. These services benefit young people who have experienced barriers to employment that include homelessness, youth who did not complete high school, probation/parole, disability, substance abuse, and foster care. Employment Services programs support youth in obtaining gainful employment and achieving long-term success in the workplace by removing barriers and providing opportunities. Last year, AYC served 682 unduplicated youth and parents in this department.
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
The WIOA program has three goals: 1) To identify and partner with businesses to provide on-the-job training with our pre-screened applicants. AYC will pay the employer for all necessary costs including hourly wages, training, and uniforms. 2) To identify young people ages 17-21 who have experienced barriers to employment including homelessness, substance abuse, pregnant/parenting, probation/parole, foster youth and youth who did not complete high school 3) To match these young people with employment opportunities and provide additional support including job search and interview skills, educational support and tutoring, establishing emergency food and benefits, counseling, and life skills and employment workshops.
Educational Pathways & Vocational Opportunities (EPVO) Program
AYC’s Educational Pathways & Vocational Opportunities (EPVO) Program aims to reduce juvenile delinquency and recidivism by providing case management services to probation youth in acquiring their high school diploma or G.E.D., essential job readiness skills, and specific vocational training. Designed for probation youth that have been recently released from camp or detention center, participants receive assistance with their educational and career paths through assessments, goal setting, enrollment assistance for re-enrolling in high-school, or in vocational training or other post-high school educational programs, as well as Case Management and long-term retention and support services.