PRIDE’s Youth Services provide low-income transition-age youth, including youth leaving the foster care system, with marketable work experience, employment soft skills training, linkages to educational services and individualized support. Provided with the necessary tools, youths are empowered to secure stable employment and build a self-sufficient life.
PRIDE’s services are designed to provide youth with skills essential to successful careers in high-growth, high-demand industries. Youth exiting PRIDE’s programs have secured employment in the healthcare, manufacturing, and hospitality/tourism industries, and many have also enrolled in community college to prepare for higher-paying jobs and a more stable future.
PRIDE’s Youth Services are provided through two programs:
YOUTH SERVICES PROGRAM
PRIDE’s services for at-risk youth are provided through a contract with the Workforce Investment Act.
To be eligible for services, youths must be ages 17-21, low-income, reside in Placer County, and face one or more of the following barriers to employment: disability, mental illness, substance addiction, poor work history, homelessness, reading / math skills below grade level, limited English proficiency, or high school drop-out.
Participants in PRIDE’s Youth Services Programs receive:
- Resume Development and Interview Preparation
- Employment Soft Skills Coaching
- Paid Work Experience
- Leadership Development
- Job Search Assistance
- Educational Assistance
- Interview / Work Clothing
- Assistance Securing Vital Documents
- Linkages to Community Resources
FOSTER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM / KEYS
PRIDE’s Youth Services for Foster Youth are a component of the Kaleidoscope of Employment for Youth Success (KEYS) program, a collaborative effort operated in partnership with and funded by the Placer County Office of Education and the California Department of Rehabilitation.
To be eligible for services through KEYS, foster youth must be ages 16-19, reside in Placer County, and have at least one of the following documented disabilities: mental, emotional or physical.
To access PRIDE’s employment services for foster youth provided through KEYS, youth must receive a referral through the Placer County Office of Education.