Sustaining Self-Sufficiency Through Higher Level Jobs

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Partnering with the Shorefront Y and the Kings Bay Y, the Higher Level Jobs initiative is making its impact in raising the income in dozens of families throughout all of south Brooklyn, and is poised for significant growth in the coming years. In the first six months of the pilot program, more than 4 dozen clients were enrolled, with each person receiving a full range of career counseling, interview preparation, and networking skills, resulting in nearly two dozen being placed in jobs with almost 20 new employers. Employment preparation ervices include technical language classes, resume preparation, interview skills, and retention support, toward the goal of placing jobseekers in local businesses with the ability to remain employed beyond one year. Our work and best practices in the field of vocational training and job development has shown that those who can retain a job for at least one year have the best chance for long-term employment and sustained self-sufficiency. Thanks to UJA-Federation of New York, Marks JCH’s largest single funder, for supporting this pilot project at the J, enabling our Job Placement and Vocational Training Center to expand its offerings with a focused effort on sourcing higher level jobs and preparing candidates for employment in full-time positions with benefits at a level that can enable a family to achieve and sustain self-sufficiency.

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