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Action for a Better Community $100,000 Monroe and Ontario CSBG funds will provide enhanced services for 2 existing employment programs and improve success in obtaining and retaining employment. ABC will hire 2 individuals (Job Developer, Employment Skills Training Facilitator) to ensure participants are better prepared to conduct successful job searching and increase employability through improvement of education, hard and soft job skills training and support in obtaining and retaining employment.
Albany County Opportunity $100,000 Albany This agency will use CSBG funds to provide employment services to assist low-income individuals through a program that connects education, training, and support services. These services will help participants secure entry-level employment within high demand capital region industries. The project uses an integrated approach which tailors services to meet individual needs, as developed by the Center for Working Families from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, as well as the family development model developed by Cornell.
Cattaraugus Community Action Program $100,000 Cattaraugus Services provided by CCA will consist of blending classroom based learning and on-the-job training experiences in tandem to offer participants an intensive skill development opportunity that prepares them to obtain and maintain employment in the food service arena. The 15-week training course will include in-kitchen practical training. The agency has a large commercial sized kitchen which also serves as its soup kitchen and summer food program, as well as a transitional housing program, offering the participants a variety of work experiences.
Columbia Opportunities $100,000 Columbia Columbia Opportunities partners with the local school district to offer services to children and parents. For adults, the program will offer instruction in basic reading, math, and communication skills as well as computer literacy. The Agency Youth Advocate will provide supports for young adults to stay in school, or return to school, and will provide services and support for the GED or other educational advancement. Services are also provided with another local organization to provide job shadowing for new employees. ESL will also be provided for adults who are new to the workforce, with a focus on functional literacy and work-related skills. Service providers will also offer mock interviews and resume preparation.
Commission on Economic Opportunity for the Greater Capital Region $100,000 Rensselaer CSBG funds will help this agency continue to focus on education, employment, and housing. Young adults who participate will receive educational services, GED preparation, and hands on training in occupational skills as part of a comprehensive curriculum that will also include community service and leadership development.
Community Action of Greene County $100,000 Greene CSBG funds will help Community Action of Greene County (CGAC) provide essential skills and support to low-income individuals and prepare them for employment. Participants will receive counseling based on the family development model and enrollment in the NWRC 2 prep class provided by CAGC-Family Development staff. Participants will also receive financial literacy training and other educational supports. CAGC also plans to open a thrift store which will serve as an employment training opportunity.
Joint Council for Economic Opportunity of Clinton and Franklin Counties $50,000 Clinton and Franklin The agency will collaborate with the Champlain Valley Educational Services and the One Work Business & Employment Center to provide orientation, assessment, eligibility verification, support services review, counseling, and development of an employment plan. Individuals who participate in training programs will have choices among CNA-HHA; assembly-industry, manufacturing & education, computers and customer service. They will also be provided with career planning, occupational training, and testing resulting in placement in unsubsidized employment.
Opportunities for Otsego $100,000 Otsego CSBG funds will be used to provide low-income adults access to resources that facilitate obtaining and maintaining gainful employment. Activities include employment counseling, budget counseling, and car maintenance instruction.
People’s Equal Action and Community Effort $100,000 Onondaga The agency will provide low-income adults food service skills training, job skills, and job placement and retention in collaboration with local partners. The main program is a 4 week accelerated food services training program and includes food safety training, culinary skills, use of kitchen equipment, customer service and wait skills, service etiquette, job shadowing and job search skills, including resume writing and interviewing.
Pro-Action of Steuben and Yates $83,385 Steuben and Yates CSBG funding will be used to assist unemployed and underemployed low-income individuals obtain and maintain employment. In partnership with other community agencies, ProAction will bring enhanced services to its one-stop employment and training centers for high-need participants. They will employ a job developer-coach to work closely with other agency staff and local DSS to identify and address barriers. Vocational training and subsidized employment opportunities will also be provided in such areas as CNA, skilled machinist, CDL, teaching assistants, fork lift operators, and customer service reps.
Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council $100,000 Saratoga Saratoga Economic Opportunity Council ESL project will be funded through the CSBG program. The goal is to improve the ability of Limited English Proficient (LSP) individuals to seek, gain, and maintain employment. Instruction will focus on English for the Workplace and life skills, including training on the US tax system and financial literacy. The Family Development program will provide extensive support including soft skills guidance and counseling.