What is the SafeGuards Apprenticeship Program?
The SafeGuards Apprenticeship Program has been developed to assist older foster care youth in making a successful transition into the work force. Statistics reveal that youth aging out of foster care are at a very high risk for becoming homeless and unemployed when they are no longer eligible for services.
The SafeGuards Apprenticeship Program consists of several partnerships that allow this program to operate. A property owned by The Centre Park Historic District Artifacts Bank will be used as the home base work shop to store tools, provide meeting space and provide skill practice areas. Once the workshop is established, the program will seek out other properties within the Centre Park Historic District to help rehabilitate as well as provide skill enhancement settings for the youth.
The SafeGuards Apprenticeship Program is dependent on community partnerships to continue providing the youth with the best opportunity to learn employable skills. Partnerships also provide the businesses a way to give back to the community and provide the youth the skills to be a productive member of society when they leave foster care.
Partnerships with businesses like The Home Depot provide local companies with a way to be involved in the SafeGuards Apprenticeship Program. The Home Depot takes part in training exercises with our youth. For example, when our youth have an upcoming project, The Home Depot will come to the work shop and conduct a class which teaches the participants the correct way to per-form and complete the project.
R & G electric also provides an important partner-ship. The youth are able to shadow a licensed electrician and gain the basic knowledge and skills needed in order to re-wire a property. The electrician demonstrates the needed skill and allows the youth to learn and complete the job on their own, then he returns to the worksite and checks their work.
Developing similar partnerships, whether the businesses donate materials, time or money will allow the SafeGuards Apprenticeship Program to continue operating by obtaining supplies and teaching the youth the skills needed.
- Youth between the ages of 18 and 21
- Youth who have successfully met the goals of the SafeGuards Foster Care Program
- Youth who have demonstrated appropriate and respectful behavior.
- Youth who are highly motivated and self-directed
- General Restoration
- Basic residential electric work
- Food Services
- Centre Park Historic District
- The Home Depot
- R & G Electric
- Future Partners