Job Point Receives $1,500,000 grant from U.S. Department of Labor for Civic Justice Corps Program - November 22, 2011

One of 15 grantees nationwide, Job Point was recently awarded $1,500,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to implement a Civic Justice Corps in Boone County, Missouri.  The program will help formerly incarcerated individuals ages 18-24 reconnect with the community and find pathways for success through community service and educational opportunities.  Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis said, “The grants will directly support young people to improve their skills and long-term employment prospects.  The Civic Justice Corps includes learning through community service and valuable experiences that serve not only participants but also the families and communities to which they are returning.” 

 Job Point’s innovative program will address the needs of juvenile offenders through volunteer work and academic enrichment.  Community service projects will be 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.  Examples of service projects 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.  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 skills improvement.  After a high school diploma/equivalent is secured, college, vo-tech school, or credentialed occupational skills training may be pursued.  One hundred youth are expected to be served. 

 “Civic Youth Corps is an extraordinary program, and we are very happy to receive this funding. We look forward to our newest partnership with the Department of Labor, which will positively impact the lives of high risk youth, strengthen their ties to the community and prepare them for the future as productive, valuable citizens,” stated Jim Loveless, Job Point President.

Be Sociable, Share!
Member association of the Missouri Association of Rehabilitation Facilities
Services are fully accredited by CARF, the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission
Equal Opportunity Employer Committed to a Diverse Workplace
Job Point is proud to be a United Way funded partner Job Point is partially funded by the City of Columbia visit us on Facebook and start a conversation with us visit us on Twitter and start a conversation with us