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SCO’s Young Adult Workforce Program Honored

July 24, 2019 / SCO News

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SCO Family of Services’ Young Adult Workforce Program received a Referral Partner Award from The HOPE Program at their annual awards dinner July 11th at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. The HOPE Awards celebrates graduates and referral partners like SCO that make their success possible.

SCO’s Young Adult Workforce Program (YAWP) provides multiple pathways to success for incarcerated young adults ages 18-21. YAWP aims to reduce recidivism by increasing the employability of these young men and women by offering a range of services prior to their release, including group workshops and individualized support services, and a variety of post-release services geared towards supporting reentry.

“We’re proud of our Young Adult Workforce Program and the work our staff does to encourage and help provide young men and women with a path to success as they prepare to transition into the community,” said SCO Family of Services President and CEO Keith Little. “We’re grateful for our partnership with The HOPE Program, and look forward to continuing to work with them to help young men and women build a brighter future.’

The Referral Partner Award was presented to highlight the partnership that SCO’s YAWP has fostered with the HOPE Program, which involves consistent referrals and an ongoing commitment to encourage young adults transitioning back into the community to take advantage of the advancements and opportunities that the HOPE Program has to offer.

The HOPE Program provides free, comprehensive work readiness training that is instrumental in helping these young adults as they re-enter the community.  In addition to the trainings, young adults gain work experience and professional references through paid internships, as well as free OSHA Certifications for General Industry, Flagging, Food Handlers, Scaffolding, First Aid & CPR, and more.

Last year, we helped

418

adults become employed heads of households

Last year, we placed

2,007

youth in employment, subsidized employment or internships