Out of School Youth
Community Youth Corps (CYC), located in Norwalk, renders services for youth who are out of school. CYC provides personalized services to young adults (17-21) in the following areas: educational needs that include support and preparation for their General Educational Development (GED); employability skills necessary to enter the workforce including instruction on work ethics and job retention techniques; personal development and life skills training; vocational taining, access to post secondary education, and placement in unsubsidized and meaningful employment.
CYC yielded impressive rates of GED completion and employment among its participants and is a two time time recipient of the nationally recognized Promising and Effective Practices Network (PEPNet) Award.
The aim of CYC is to assist youth (17-21) in developing the skills necessary to compete in a highly competitive labor market. CYC exists to ensure that youth are skilled and knowledgeable regarding their career interests, understand current hiring trends, are knowledgable about occupations for the greatest potential for long term success, and the educational and/or training requirements needed to satisfy their particular career interests. Through educational workshops and vocational training opportunities, CYC assists it’s participants in creating a solid “employment/educational” foundation for themselves and their families.
While completing 30 hours of basic work-readiness workshops, CYC participants are also given a “SkillZ Menu” (arranged like a restaurant menu) that lists tasks ranging from “Developing 10 Questions You’d Ask an Employer” – an Hors d’oeuvre that’s worth $15, to “Obtaining a GED” – a Main Course worth $200. CYC participants select entrées (new skills learned) from the menu – up to four each month – and demonstrate their newly acquired skills at the monthly Skillz Challenge night. CYC participants must develop these skills independently and be prepared to perform them in front of the CYC staff and other youth. Participants introduce themselves, state each item they have accomplished, describe it, demonstrate it, get their Skillz receipt stamped, and take it to the Cashier to receive their earnings. Students leave the monthly challenges with earnings between $25-$300 in cash.
At CYC, we are committed to working with each participant to assist them in continuing their education, becoming a productive wage earner, and achieving economic self-sufficiency.
Target Population – Out of School Youth
• An individual who is a school dropout, or
• An individual who is not attending any school and/or has not received a secondary education diploma or its recognized equivalent, or
• A youth who has either graduated from high school or holds a GED but is basic skills deficient, unemployed, or underemployed, or
• A youth attending an alternative school is not a dropout
• Income eligible
• Assessment of academic skills and vocational interests
• Completion of individualized services strategy for employment or higher education
• Completion of 16-hour work readiness workshops
• Completion of 16-hour job preparation courses
• Skillz Menu for skill attainment
• Opportunities for paid/unpaid work experience
• Ability to access tutoring and other educational services, as needed
• Ability to access community resources
CYC Learning Objectives:
• Readiness for independent living
• Social relationships and interpersonal support
• Vocational skills and knowledge of world of work
• Self-Sufficiency and retention
Service priority is given to residents of one of the 7 Cities: Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, and Norwalk.