Youth and Education programs
Partners for Community and affiliates help youth prepare for success
Partners for Community affiliates have made youth and education services a priority, often working with young people who everyone else has given up on. At-risk youth, young parents, juvenile offenders – young people with the greatest needs and challenges have support from Partners for Community.
NEFWC offers a WIA Youth Program, under the direction of the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, providing young inner-city people with opportunity for personal and professional growth. Skill-building and one-on-one counseling helps young people find and keep jobs, and a summer job program familiarizes teenagers with the adult world of work and offers them valuable on-the-job experience.
The Corporation for Public Management (CPM) also supports at-risk youth in completing their secondary education and providing opportunities for further education and employment.
Through NEFWC, Partners for Community provides opportunities for young people to serve their community in the AmeriCorps VISTA program.
AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, strengthen community groups, and much more.
VISTA placements available through the New England Farm Workers’ Council can be located in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Learn more about service opportunities through VISTA.
Since education breaks down many barriers to success, Partners for Community offers GED support to youth and adults looking to obtain their GED through its affiliates. The Young Parents Program (see below) helps young adults obtain a GED and then move on to college. The CIES program, also run by the Corporation for Public Management (CPM), is a job training and employment program for adults that often has GED education as part of a participant’s individualized program to reach full-time, long-term employment. Learn more about GED programs.
Young Parents Program
The Corporation for Public Management runs a Young Parents Program (YPP) as part of the MA Department of Transitional Assistance Employment Services Program. The program looks to reduce welfare dependency among young parents, ages 14 to 21, who have not achieved a high school diploma or GED. The YPP program helps young parents get GEDs, jobs, parenting skills, and additional education. YPP offers access to education with “real world” implications, teaching participants how to apply math, science, communication and other skills to raising a family and other day-to-day activities. The YPP program is based upon support and mutual respect and trust, and is so successful in helping young people that in FY2008, over 80% of program participants who came in without graduating high school not only obtained a GED but went on to college.
North End Educational Development Fund (NEEDs)
The NEEDs scholarship is provided by an allied organization of Partners for Community, the North End Educational Development Fund. The scholarship is offered to low-income, minority youth from the North End neighborhood of Springfield, MA. NEEDS application information can be obtained by calling the Partners for Community main office at 413-272-2200.