Partners offering employment
Young adults who are aging out of the Foster Care system. Employers who are motivated to help these young people gain work experience.
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Employment gives these young people a hand up, not a hand out. By giving them an opportunity for a supportive work experience, they will become economically independent.
Trinity Opportunity Alliance’s mission is to recruit, train, and support businesses that will offer young adults opportunities to transition from foster care to thriving adulthood through meaningful employment.
Vision: Youth are offered a pathway for sustainable income by building a diverse pool of employers that will provide entry or higher level employment for youth transition out of the foster care system.
A daunting challenge has been finding employers who are able to employ and mentor these young people. Our research and conversations with the Jim Casey Foundation and other national leaders suggest that this is a universal challenge. There are no successful programs to model that include both strategies for hiring and retention. There are a number of programs that provide employers stipends to hire a youth. However, when the stipend expires, so does the job. It seems to be a poor experience for both employer and youth. Few employers understand the experiences that these youth have had and are not prepared to provide the support they need. However, with education and support provided to both the youth and employer, this is an opportunity for the youth to have a successful first job and the employer prepared and willing to hire other youth.
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