WHO: 75 youth, ages 17-18, whose parents are Santa Clara County CalWORKS recipients
WHAT: Will be able to participate in an eight-week summer program combining job-readiness/work experience component with academic/educational support. Services will include tutoring, counseling, orientation, self-assessment, skill set modules on study skills, time management and workplace skills with leadership exploration. Paid work experience placement through various community partners for on the job training, work readiness and work experience is also provided. Students will be assessed at the beginning of the program to determine academic and job-readiness skills, and then will enroll in noncredit classes to meet their individual needs, such a s GED preparation, CAHSEE exam preparation, Personal and Career Development, and Development of Writing Skills. Students will meet with a Gavilan College Counselor to develop an individual educational plan.
"By targeting the teens whose parents are CalWORKS participants, TeenWORKS takes a holistic approach to the family. Many low-income teens face barriers to success, which we hope to address through participation in paid employment and educational opportunities," said Rachel Perez, Gavilan College Associate Dean of Community Development and Grants Management.
WHEN: The program will serve 75 youth in an eight (8) week summer session which will begin on June 14, 2010 and end on August 6, 2010. Participants will complete 32 weekly hours: 24 hours in job-readiness/work experience and 8 hours in job preparation and academic support.
WHERE: Gavilan College serves southern Santa Clara County, from Bernal road in San Jose through the communities of Morgan Hill, Gilroy, and San Benito County.
WHY: The U.S. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA, or The Stimulus Act) includes a $5 billion for an Emergency Contingency Fund (ECF) for the Temporary Assistance to Needy families (TANF) block grant program (known in California as CalWORKs). Gavilan College TeenWORKs will be provided with funding from Santa Clara County utilizing the ARRA ECF funds.
HOW: The TeenWORKs grant of $386,000 will be administered through Gavilan College’s Community Development and Grants Management Office. Prospective students must be referred through the Santa Clara County CalWORKs Program. For more information call (408) 852-2824.