Workforce Training for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care
About the Program
The COMPASS Training Program (CTP) is one of David & Margaret's most unique programs, and one of few programs of its type in California. The CTP takes an individualized approach in supporting the employment and educational goals of the young adult participants. This customized approach allows for each youth to gain the skills they need to be self-sustaining adults, while encouraging them to explore their strengths and interests and apply them to employment and or higher education.
Our Employment and Education Specialist works individually with each young adult meeting them at their level, and providing them with internship placement, case management as well as employment exploration for direct hire opportunities. Throughout the internship, participants are provided paid work experience, 1:1 support, and a curriculum of employment readiness classes tailored to address the needs and barriers inclusive to this population ensuring they are gaining skills that will allow them to not only gain but also retain employment. These courses range from how to make a good first impression, filling out an application, building a resume, and more.
The CTP also emphasizes the importance of higher education and vocational training among young adults and offers academic case management and support. The participants are provided with information for local higher education institutes in the area as well as the programs and benefits they are eligible for. Student Strategy workshops are also provided where participants are given 1:1 assistance in the admissions process, FAFSA completion, college navigation, and as well as tours and guidance on qualifying support programs.
This program provides a variety of opportunities:
- Life skills
- Assistance completing high school or GED
- Industry overviews including career pathways
- Overview of steps necessary to enroll in community college
- Career mixers
- Volunteering opportunities
- Access to the education/employment specialist
- Access to weekly case management
- Linkage to childcare resources
- Paid workplace internships in partnership with local businesses
- Job-shadowing opportunities
- And more
If you are a youth interested in the COMPASS Training Program or know of someone who would benefit from this program, please contact us at COMPASS@davidandmargaret.org.
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It's been an incredible year of partnership between David & Margaret and Haynes Family of Programs. Together, we've expanded our reach to serve over 2,600 children, youth, and families in the community this past year. Our 2021-2022 Impact Report is a testament to the dedication of our staff, the generosity of our supporters, and to our mission of empowering children, youth, and families through culturally diverse services that foster emotional, educational, spiritual, and identity development.