The curriculum will be a combination of training by leaders in the community, financial literacy, interview preparation, companies, and mentorship tours. The Precious Perks workforce development class will take 7 months for each participant, with 6 of those months focused on programming and education. The last month will feature both graduation and the start of the participant’s mentorship.
Participants will be able to receive a laptop from our Edussentials program to assist in their studies. In addition to learning soft skills associated with operating a business, they will also take part in training for hard skills, including earning their Certificate of Work Ethic Proficiency from The Center for Work Ethic Development, the National Career Readiness Certificate, and the National Retail Federation RISE UP Retail Industry Fundamentals Certificate.
Understanding the barriers these disadvantaged young adults operate daily and how these hurdles impact their ability to reach achievements was a primary focus during program design.