Dear Friends of The Hope Center:
In its second year, our Internship Program is making incredible headway in preparing our young people with the skills they need to enter the workforce.
It was clear to us in working with these young people over the past few years that one of their greatest needs is in the area of employment. We noticed that they age out of foster care without any real work experience, they have gotten fired repeatedly from jobs in the past, they did not have a resume, nor did they understand the fundamentals of how to dress for a job interview or on-the-job, or expected behavior while at work.
So, we developed our Career Development Program to address this need. Our young people participate in a paid, supportive internship at a non-profit organization. These internships are hands-on, dynamic, and expose our young people to important work-related skills.
Perhaps even more importantly, these internships also afford our young people with the opportunity to be exposed to broader social justice issues in their community and to become leaders, ultimately empowering our youth to give back to society as a whole.
We couldn't be prouder of the accomplishments of our young men and women this summer, the contributions they've made to their jobs, and the growth they've experienced, as they work to transition from foster care to adulthood successfully.
Thank you to all of our supporters who believe in our work with young people aging out of foster care.
Interim Executive Director
The Hope Center