Job Point’s innovative Civic Youth Corps (CYC) program addresses the unique needs of juvenile offenders through academic enrichment, personal development and community service activities. A service project is scheduled for Wednesday, June 6, 3:30pm at 309 and 311 Pershing Avenue in collaboration with local veterans. Environmental issues will be addressed through beautification efforts. Together, youths and veterans will be volunteering, working side by side cleaning up trash, weeding and planting at the homes of veterans. This joint venture provides a emotionally therapeutic benefit for both the veterans and the youth involved.
The innovative CYC program provides youth the opportunity to give back to the communities against which they offended in the past. In addition to volunteer work, their life transformation continues through continuing education, career exploration and/or vocational training. Educational interventions will be focused on career development. Low basic skills will be addressed utilizing inventive teaching strategies. Individuals who enter the project without a high school diploma will work toward securing a GED. Others will engage in post-secondary preparation or academic enrichment. After a high school diploma/equivalent and any admissions criteria are secured, college, vo-tech school, or credentialed occupational skills training may be pursued.
Service projects are planned around the participants’ vocational goals and high-demand or emerging occupations, to include green initiatives, allied health fields, skilled trades, customer service and management/ supervisory. Additional volunteer activity may include participation on Stream Teams, cleaning up waterways; coordinating recreational activities for residents of long-term care facilities; conducting home maintenance or weatherization for recipients of home-health services; or acting in the capacity of a business intern. Individuals who enter the project without a high school diploma will work toward securing a GED. Others will engage in post-secondary preparation or skills improvement. After a high school diploma/equivalent is secured, college, vo-tech school, or credentialed occupational skills training may be pursued.