Are you between the ages of 14 and 24 and looking for a job? And not just any job. This is the question today's speaker, Cliff Atterberry, and the Missouri Job Center are asking.
Atterberry is the youth career manager at the Missouri Job Center, which has been operating in Fulton for just two months. The Missouri Job Center provides free support to help individuals learn new skills and gain experience. Atterberry focuses his attention on those individuals who are between 14 and 24 years.
What is this Program all About
Today's youth often find difficulty entering the job market, a problem that is often compounded by the lack of education and job skills.
This program is created and funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and is designed help youth overcome barriers to employment.
According to Atterberry, if you are between 18 and 24 years of age and are in high school or have dropped out; pregnant; are a past or present criminal offender; homeless or a runaway and you want to further your education and/or obtain employment skills this program can help.
How can the WIOA Program Help Me?
The Missouri Job Center can help you prepare to take the GED exam and pay for its cost; though, not all Missouri Job Centers offer GED services.
The Workforce Experience Program offers the opportunity learn basic skills and build a employment history through a paid internship program for up to 40 hours a week.
Tuition assistance is available for those looking to learn a vocational trade, such as welding or certified nursing assistant, but is based on funding availability.
For youth with a genuine financial need, supportive assistance is available, including transportation assistance to and from work or school, job readiness training; work clothing, and childcare assistance.
One-on-one assistance is available to enrolled participants covering things such as resume writing, how to complete a job application, mock interviews, and paid internships.
Because the programs offered by the Missouri Job Center are Federally funded, strict guidelines must be followed to determine eligibility. Youth from low income families or who are on public assistance such as food stamps, youth in the foster system, and youth with disabilities qualify for the programs offered. Additionally, youth with barriers to employment such as being a high school drop out, pregnant, past or present criminal offender, having disabilities, being homeless, or a being a runaway.
Atterberry, told the club the biggest challenge he faces now is getting the word out about the services offered by the Job Center, and members of the club offered many good suggestions and ask numerous questions.