The Outlook What’s New 6707 North Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302 ■ Phone: 708.848.1700 ■ Fax: 708.848.3701 ■ Spring 2017 ■ Volume 12, Issue 3
The Year of Increase (2017) AACF implemented a new plan this year designed to enhance the organizations current services and include new educational opportunities, direct transportation and in-house job fairs to create a viable foundation for learning and career opportunities for Youth Participants. AACF enrolled youth in the customer service cohort
New Programs and Services:
Customer Service Cohort Digital Manufacturing Bridge Program Direct Transportation Services In-House Job Fairs
to reinforce customer service skills and to teach youth participants Adobe and Microsoft Office Suites 2013.The organization rolled out the new Digital Manufacturing Bridge Program this year to teach 3D printing, fabric design, practices for industrial manufacturing and to provide the tools necessary to enhance the Youth Employment Entrepreneurship Program.
Inspiring Youth to Succeed Andrea Robinson
Table of Contents The Year of Increase …………..1 New Programs ………………….1 Working with the Partnership … 1 Department of Human Services, AACF Youth Job Fair, June 2017
AACF values the opportunity to continue working with the Partnership on the Youth Employment Entrepreneur Program (YEEP) and the organization implemented a new program this year, the Community Youth Employment Program (CYEP). AACF enrolled youth in the Customer Service Cohort classes’ simultaneously with Paid Work Experience to enhance clients’ technical skills and to increase their opportunity to secure employment. AACF hosted 3 job fairs in June 2017, employers interviewed youth during the event and twenty clients were hired to work in various positions at companies such as Green Core, Avon and Gategourmet.
AACF Supports Single Working Moms AACF is honored to continue working with the Sherburne M. Earling Working Mothers Fund to provide financial support to single working Moms. Andrea Robinson is among a large number of our clients who received financial support to pay utility bills, help with child care cost and transportation support among other support afforded by the grant.
the Community Youth Employment Program ………….1 Sherburne M. Earling Working Mothers Fund ….1 Success Stories ………….2 Workshops ……………… 2 Orientations ………………2 In the News……………….2 Cohort Registration ……..3 Life Transforming Skills ...3
Success Stories, Core, Avon and Gategourmet.
Never Give UP and Never Quit!
Cashier at Leaminton Foods Toisheva’s goals included finding a job and enrolling in a CNA program at Triton College. Her Case Manager enrolled her in tutoring to increase her basic skills; she completed a paid work experience and began her CNA program. Toisheva slipped into a coma during a medical procedure for weeks, Triton dropped her classes and Toisheva was devastated, her Case Manager assisted her with the paperwork to return to school. Toisheva continued looking for a job, so her Case Manager placed her in a paid work experience at Leamington Foods. Toisheva was a Cashier, but handling cash was challenging, she wanted to give up after management warned her about her performance. The Case Manager counseled Toisheva and encouraged her not to give up; she took the advice which resulted in a full-time job at Leamington Foods. Toisheva is also taking pre-requisite classes at Triton College to prepare for the CNA program.
The job readiness workshops prepare youth for jobs in the top Career Clusters such as healthcare among others, clients also learn entrepreneur skills and the basic marketing principles for starting a business.
Joleen Lea Joleen Lea
Wonder Works Museum Rolonda informed her Case Manager she was looking for a job at 5 months pregnant, so her Case Manager arranged a paid work experience that consist of light duty with Wonder Works Museum. Rolonda was a Play Expert, she told her Case Manager that she loved the job and asked if the company would hire her. The Case Manager informed Rolonda that Wonder Works is a nonprofit organization that normally does not hire Interns, but the worksite is valuable to AACF for training youth participants. However, her Case Manager advised Rolonda to maintain good punctuality, attendance and outstanding work ethics to position herself for a job. Rolonda took the advice and the feedback regarding her performance was excellent and the Museum hired Rolonda at 5 months pregnant.
Gategourmet When Joleen enrolled in the program her goal included obtaining her GED and finding employment. However, without a stable place to live and a 6 month old baby it was difficult for Joleen to achieve her goals. Joleen’s Case Manager provided her with services such as housing assistance, help with childcare and arranged a meeting with a tutor to plan for her GED. Joleen applied for several jobs including Gategourmet. Eventually Gategourmet responded, scheduled an interview and hired Joleen to work at O’Hare Airport.
In the News Registration is open for the AACF/CCWP Youth Program, the program offer youth participants paid internships, and vocational training and clients have the opportunity to enroll in the Digital Manufacturing Bridge Program or the Customer Service Cohort. Orientations are conducted every Tuesday at 10:00 am, Call 708.848.1700 to register. Congratulations to clients who completed the Customer Service Cohort Savannah Arroyo ▪ Robert Lewis ▪ Gabrielle Marshall ▪ Drasha Henry AACF supports our GED participants and graduates Marciana Gray ▪ Jacob Bond ▪ Stephanie Treadwell▪ Elise Vaughans AACF continue to encourage our youth who are in school Alejandra Delgado/Phlebotomy ▪ Toheeb Longe/CDL training Please visit our website at www.aacfworks.org
Cohort Registration Form Name
Sign up for one of AACF’s Cohorts, please check one: (Must be a current youth participant to register)
AACF is a proud member of the America’s Workforce Network. Funding for AACF programs are made possible by the generous support of The Partnership, Department of Human Services, Dr. Scholl’s, and the Chicago Community Trust.
Digital Manufacturing Bridge Program Customer Service Training
Please return form to: AACF, 6707 North Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 For more information, contact us at: Phone: 708-848-1700 Fax: 708-848-3701
Newsletter staff: Writers Armelia Bailey Editors
Life Transforming Skills to Embrace and Develop
Creating skills for a better future
Employment Assistance Computer Learning Center Youth Services 6707 North Ave. Oak Park, IL 60301 Phone 708.848.1700 Fax 708.848.3701 Please donate to our cause www.aacfworks.org
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Planning: Set short and long-term goals for your career and personal life and refine as necessary, because one must be adaptable to meet the ongoing changes in technology and to overcome challenges in life. Fear Not: The only way to conquer fear is to face your problems or you will never rise above them, and it may be difficult or impossible to accomplish your dreams. Build Self-Confidence: Believe in yourself, learning builds confidence, seek wisdom consistently. Persistence! Never give up and never quit just because some endeavor appears to be impossible. Discipline: Sacrifice is a part of anything worth having, so we must be fully committed and willing to alter our behavior and habits to align with our objectives and goals. Love! Of course, no one is perfect, but walking in a certain level of love, integrity and forgiveness opens the door for opportunities and prosperity.
Published on Aug 8, 2017
The Outlook is the quarterly newsletter of AACF, a youth workforce development center providing job training and job placement services to y...