WINSTON-SALEM, NC (WGHP) – To target young adults who are at high risk of turning to a life of crime or who are unable to move on from their current situation, Winston-Salem city leaders have started thinking about creating a program to help them.
It’s called the Positive Path, or P3, program and will focus on adults between the ages of 18 and 24.
According to the city’s website, there are 59 job openings ranging from high skills to entry-level skills.
In theory, the program will help fill a small portion of these jobs with suitable candidates who could be chosen to go through the P3 program.
The Positive Path program is an apprentice style skill building course.
Eight people (number subject to change) will apply to attend the inaugural six-month course.
Classes will be held at the Belview Recreational Center in Winston-Salem for 30 hours per week for 26 weeks.
During this time, they will learn the basic knowledge of careers in science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics or STEAM, as the program style has been doubled. They will also learn basic construction.
Mentors for these courses have yet to be chosen, but the city group has begun to partner with other Triad organizations and colleges who would guide people through the courses.
People will then choose the career they would like to pursue after the first three months.
Faith Bartlett, who is one of the organizers of the program, explained that the classes will shift heavily to job shadowing and hands-on learning.
“We’re going to have mentors, field trips, hands-on learning. Then, as we get to know them and they refine their plan…they’ll figure out the path they’re going to take and we’ll help them get there,” Bartlett said.
After completing the six-month program, individuals will use their skills to find employment, which could include filling vacancies in the city.
Program costs will be approximately $191,000, which includes salaries for staff members who participate in the program.
The costs worry some members of the city council.
“We are going to have to learn to collaborate with others who are already doing something similar so that they have the buy-in and can help reduce costs,” the pro-term mayor said during a committee hearing. public safety on Monday.
Those with PPP have agreed and started working on partnerships that benefit the program financially.
Although a hard start date has not been set, the hope is that it will start at the end of the fiscal year or the start of the new one.
To apply, you must be between the ages of 18 and 24, live within the city limits, be a young adult delinquent or have a parent/guardian in prison or be an adopted child and be in a low-income financial category.
For more information on how to apply, contact [email protected]
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