Participants will first attend Foster Forward’s 12 hour E² Training and learn how to develop a CareerEd Plan for themselves with short and long term goals (including the use of a Career Interest Inventory). During the training they will identify the characteristics of success, learn skills for self-advocacy, and gain an understanding of what it takes to get and keep a job. Participants also learn about developing and maintaining stable, positive relationships with their employers and co-workers that can help ensure success in the workplace. During this training, participants also attend financial literacy classes that teach them how to budget their money, manage their money, and understand their take home pay.
Following the E² Training, participants receive 12 weeks of job search training that includes one-on-one job coaching to reinforce the skills they’ve learned, and to help them understand appropriate workplace behavior and how to prepare for interviews. During this time, participants will learn how to develop resumes and cover letters that are specific to their job interests. They’ll also learn how to search for jobs and use different search engines, complete assessments and applications for employment. Participants have the opportunity to job shadow (to learn more about careers of interest) and conduct informational interviews with employers (to learn about what it takes to work in different fields). They also receive 40 hours of paid hands on work experience in a field of their choice. Participants may be referred to other vocational programs to obtain vocational certificates.