EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICES


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 and Young Adult Programs 

 

» Highway to Work

 

» Career Readiness 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

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

Our Highway to Work Youth Employment Program is a partnership between La Familia and the Alameda County Probation Department to serve youth ages 14 to 19 that are on Probation. The program is designed to help youth gain employment and career skills through development workshops, paid internships, and strong case management services. The goal of the program is to help guide them through a series of successful job trainings and subsidized work experiences, to help them compete in today’s competitive workforce.

Services are provided in the cities of San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Hayward, Castro Valley, Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore, Union City, Fremont, and Newark.

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

La Familia Partnership with the city of Union City - 2015

Fremont Youth Empowerment Academy - 2015

La Familia Youth Workforce: FYEA at Robertson High School - 2016

La Familia Youth Workforce: Fremont Building FLIP - 2017

 

Contact Information

Larry Ewings, Youth Workforce Program Manager

510-935-2643

lewings@lafamiliacounseling.org

 

Locations

Tri-Valley Location:

Livermore Adult School

3278 Constitution Dr. Livermore, CA 94551

Monday - Friday: 9 am - 5 pm  


Tri-Cities Location:

Union City Family Center

725 Whipple Rd.

Union City, CA 94587

By appointment only


Walnut Office

3340 Walnut Ave.

Fremont, CA 94538

Monday - Friday: 10 am - 6 pm  

Hayward Location:

Hayward Adult School

22100 Princeton St.

Hayward, CA 94545

Monday - Friday: 10 am - 6 pm


 

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WIOA Career Readiness Program

Our Career Readiness Program is a partnership between La Familia and Alameda County’s Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to serve youth and young adults ages 16 to 24 who are disconnected from school (i.e., haven’t completed high school or in between high school and college) and have some type of barrier (i.e., low income, on probation, in foster care, Etc.). This program is designed to help students reconnect with their educational pursuit (i.e., finish High School Diploma/GED, or enroll into a College/Training Program), assist with finding a career, or receive help acquiring a job. A dedicated Case Manager will help each student create an action plan and help them navigate through the process until their goal is complete.


Services are provided in the cities of Union City, Fremont, Newark, Dublin, Pleasanton, and Livermore.



Contact Information

Larry Ewings, Youth Workforce Program Manager

510-935-2643

lewings@lafamiliacounseling.org



Locations

Tri-Valley Location:

Livermore Adult School

3278 Constitution Dr. Livermore, CA 94551

Monday - Friday: 9 am - 5 pm  


Tri-Cities Location:

Union City Family Center

725 Whipple Rd.

Union City, CA 94587

By appointment only


Walnut Office

3340 Walnut Ave.

Fremont, CA 94538

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 to apply 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

510-566-6389

YouthWork@lafamiliacounseling.org

 

Location

3278 Constitution Dr. Livermore, CA 94551

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, sexual 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

510-566-6389

YouthWork@lafamiliacounseling.org

 

Location

3278 Constitution Dr. Livermore, CA 94551

Monday - Friday: 10 am - 6 pm