We’re now able to focus our efforts right where each student needs it.Leighton AhPo, GED Instructor/Coordinator
Youth Employment Partnership
"We’re now able to focus our efforts right where each student needs it.”
Everyone deserves a second chance. But a lack of work skills and education presents a very real barrier to young Oakland parolees looking for a new start in life. Reforming these young offenders is one of the top priorities of the Youth Employment Partnership (YEP) , an Oakland, California private non-profit agency. The YEP Career Try-Out program provides students with valuable job readiness training, leadership development, violence prevention, re-entry readiness, substance abuse treatment, tutoring and GED instruction. Students get to try out a career field- like construction, parks and rec, human services, or office work. They’re also required to attend one hour of educational instruction for each hour they work. Since 1973, the GED lab at YEP has served over 20,000 teens and young adults ages 14-24, and currently works with approximately 50 students per day, averaging 25 per class.
The ability to customize and tailor the tests to the particular needs of the hospital is also a favorite feature for Timken. “It’s straightforward,” Timken says. “Being able to have a process that is specific and unique to the field is very important.”
Cassy Timken, CVPM, CCRA
Practice Administrator, Tampa Bay Animal & Bird Hospital