EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICES


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Education and Employment Services

La Familia’s Department of Education and Employment Services, formerly East Bay Community Services, began as an independent nonprofit organization in the Tri-Valley area of Alameda County in 2012 and merged with La Familia in 2014. Through our Department of Education and Employment Services, we provide education, training, and guidance to steer program participants toward innovative pathways to sustainable careers, enhance their life skills, and build safe and economically vibrant neighborhoods and communities Our programs are designed based on models of Positive Youth Development and Work-Based Learning.

Department Programming Overview

Adult Programs

 

» Vocational English as a Second Language/Employment Services (VESL)

 

YOUTH

 

» Highway to Work

 

» Career Readiness Program

 

» Career Pathways Program

 

» Project KEY (Keep Empowering Yourself)

 

» District Attorney’s Justice Academy (DAJA)

 


 

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Vocational English as a Second Language/Employment Services (VESL)

is a collaborative effort, led by La Familia, which is aimed at increasing the employability and self-sufficiency of Alameda County Social Service Agency-beneficiaries with limited English proficiency. Through this program, we offer work-readiness workshops; job interview coordination, support, and preparation services; individual and group job searches; and off-site exposure to both small and large employers in the region. Partners in the program include the International Rescue Committee, Hayward Adult School, Livermore Valley Adult School, The Afghan Coalition, and Asian Community Mental Health Services

To participate in the program, individuals must be referred through an Alameda County Social Services Agency program www.alamedasocialservices.org (CalWorks, Refugee Cash Assistance, General Assistance, CalFresh, and Trafficking and Crime Victims Assistance Program).

 

Contact Information

Claudia Del Rio, VESL Program Supervisor

1-510-300-3136

Cdelrio@LaFamiliaCounseling.org

 

Location

22366 Fuller Avenue

Hayward, CA 94541

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday: 9 am - 5 pm  

These services are also offered at the following locations: 

Hayward Adult School 22100 Princeton St - Admin H Building, Hayward, CA 94541

Livermore Adult School 1401 Almond Avenue - Room 22, Livermore, CA 94550

Fremont Resource Center 39155 Liberty Street Suite F600, Fremont, CA 95438

 

 

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Highway to Work

is a youth employment and education program that is designed to improve the self-sufficiency and well-being for youth involved with Alameda County Children and Family Services or the Cal-Learn/CalWORKs program. Youth gain employment and career-skills through development workshops, participate in paid work experience, and are supported by educational and enrichment activities, such as academic tutoring, credit recovery assistance, and comprehensive case management services.

Click here and here to watch videos about the Highway to Work program.

( Youtube Video #1 )

( Youtube Video #2 )

 

Contact Information

Ande Peña, Highway to Work Program Director

1-510-331-6931

APena@LaFamiliaCounseling.org

 

Location

26081 Mocine Avenue

Hayward, CA 94544

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday: 9 am - 5 pm

 


 

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The Career Readiness Program

works with youth (ages 16-24) who are disconnected from school (i.e., have not completed high school diploma), have completed their high school diploma but are currently unemployed, or are currently attending an adult school. Participants benefit from an array of activities, including:

  • One-on-one case management
  • Level Up: Job Readiness Bootcamp
  • GED test preparation
  • Access to short-term paid internships
  • Access to no-cost training programs
  • Access to Support Service dollars, which can be used to support transportation, interview/work clothes (up to $75 per participant), work equipment, replacement documents, drug tests (as mandated by an employer), and GED test registration/GED test preparation

To participate in this program, participants must be 16-24, live in the Tri-Valley or Tri-Cities area, and have an income barrier and/or other obstacle to education and employment.

 

Contact Information

Antonio Isais, Outreach Specialist

1-510-963-8031

Aisais@lafamiliacounseling.org

 

Location

1401 Almond Ave Room 20

Livermore, CA 94550

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday: 10 am - 6 pm

 


 

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The Career Pathways Programs

works with youth (ages 16-21) who are in high school, including alternative education (e.g., independent study or continuation), or community college to encourage the development of a successful career pathway, which integrates education, work-based learning, and work-readiness skills. Whenever possible, La Familia makes these services available to students enrolled at a Career Pathway Trust-funded schools. Participants benefit from an array of activities, including:

  • One-on-one case management
  • Level Up: Job Readiness Bootcamp
  • Access to short-term paid internships
  • Access to limited Support Service dollars, which can be used to support transportation, interview/work clothes (up to $75), work equipment, replacement documents, and SAT/ACT test registration and SAT/ACT test preparation

Partners in this program include Hayward Adult School Youth Enrichment Services.

To participate in this program, participants must be 16-21, live in Alameda County (outside of Oakland), and have an income barrier and/or other obstacle to education and employment.

To participate in this program, participants must be 16-24, live in the Tri-Valley or Tri-Cities area, and have an income barrier and/or other obstacle to education and employment.

 

Contact Information

Jennifer Ellis, Youth Services Director

1-510-566-6389

YouthWork@lafamiliacounseling.org

 

Location

1401 Almond Ave Room 20

Livermore, CA 94550

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday: 10 am - 6 pm

 


 

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Project KEY (Keep Empowering Yourself)

is an 8-month group/cohort-based education and career exploration program created for high school seniors who may need extra support and encouragement to graduate on-time. Primarily designed to work with high school seniors, Project KEY gives students opportunities to get a job, get paid, and get ahead, including:

  • Leadership training and workshops
  • Paid on-the-job work experience during Spring Break
  • 4+ field trips to local Businesses and colleges
  • Group meetings with employers (Get Hired!)
  • Access to resume workshops, job fairs, no-cost credentials (e.g., CPR Certification, customer service training), and job leads
  • Help applying for/enrolling in college or apprenticeship Programs and planning for the future

To participate in the program, participants must be high school seniors and attend a participating school. Pre-applications are due October 14, 2016. Contact Jennifer Ellis at the phone number or email address listed below for information on submitting a pre-application.

 

Contact Information

Jennifer Ellis, Youth Services Director

1-510-566-6389

YouthWork@lafamiliacounseling.org

 

Location

1401 Almond Ave Room 20

Livermore, CA 94550

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday: 10 am - 6pm

 


 

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The Alameda County District Attorney’s Justice Academy (DAJA)

is a six-month learning and working experience for junior and senior high school students, ages 16-19. DAJA is offered to students in the following public school districts:

 

Tri-Valley: Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School Districts

Eden area: Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo Unified School Districts

North County: Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emery, Oakland, Piedmont Unified School Districts

 

During the DAJA seminars, legal experts present engaging and thought-provoking lectures that allow the students to question, interact, and problem-solve; topics include law as it relates to juvenile delinquency, building communities of trust with law enforcement, sexuals exploitation and human trafficking, and intellectual property. Each student is placed in a paid internship with a local government agency, non-profit organization, office of an elected official, law enforcement agency, or a law office at the beginning of summer vacation. Students present a persuasive oral argument on a selected seminar topic. This novel Academy teaches teens about the many facets of the justice system while encouraging critical thought and civic engagement.

 

Click here to watch a video on the DAJA program.

 

Partners in the program include the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and Hayward Adult School Youth Employment Services.

 

To participate in the program, students must be a high school junior or senior, enrolled in a public school with a participating district (see list above), and live in Alameda County. Applications are typically due in late October. Contact Jennifer Ellis at the phone number or email address listed below for information on submitting a program application

 

Contact Information

Jennifer Ellis, Youth Services Director

1-510-566-6389

YouthWork@lafamiliacounseling.org

 

Location

1401 Almond Ave Room 20

Livermore, CA 94550

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday: 10 am - 6 pm