For most young people, back-to-school season is a time of excitement and promise. But for high school dropouts and those unable to attend college, this time of year can be discouraging and lead to feeling left out.
There are currently 4.9 million disconnected youth—young people age 16-24 who are not in school or working—in the United States. Fortunately, youth in Philadelphia and New Jersey have options, thanks to JEVS Human Services.
Reconnecting young people with education and employment opportunities is what JEVS is all about. We have several programs that offer young adults the chance to share in the back-to-school hype—and to get their lives back on track.
JEVS Youth Re-Engagement Programs in Philadelphia
E3 provides educational pathways that include GED® and/or diploma assistance, opportunities to find employment, and empowerment and life skills training to help our city’s youth (age 16-24) get closer to the life they want.
Project WOW (World of Work) offers GED®/high school equivalency test preparation, career pathways training and job search assistance for Philadelphia youth (age 18–24). Students can choose from a variety of hands-on, job training options, such as in the high-demand career fields of building trades or information technology (IT). At the end of the program, employment specialists help participants find a job and begin a new career.
IT Pre-Apprenticeship provides foundational information technology (IT) training and professional development to help young adults (age 18-24) transition into a registered apprenticeship, college, or the workforce. Consists of three months of classroom instruction and two months of paid internships.
IT Career Readiness
The IT Career Readiness program is a six-month training and career exposure program designed to help young adults (age 17-24) with a disability in the development of their skills in the information technology (IT) industry, while simultaneously practicing professionalism and workplace skills.
JEVS Youth Re-Engagement Programs in South Jersey
OYC offers job training, GED®/high school equivalency test preparation, and job placement assistance for young adults (age 18–24) in South Jersey who are interested in a career in Atlantic County’s booming hospitality business sector (hotels, restaurants, casinos and more). The program offers free training, transportation assistance, and paid incentives (up to $1,200).
Project Success offers an empowering, customized employment program that assists Atlantic County young adults (age 16-24) with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the successful transition to the world of work, and builds on individual long-term vocational goals.