Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $98,723)
The program will provide youth the necessary skills to start a career as computer repair technician, networking technician and telecommunication specialist technician. The target population will be 25 youth between the ages of 15 to 18 years old that are identified as at risk or with potential behavioral problems in the school system. The schedule will be more than 300 hours of training from 9am to 12:00m or 6:00pm to 9:00pm during the FY 2006-2007.
Activities to be implemented:
' Screening and youth selection (Case management)
' Parent workshops ' (Youth guidance and counseling).
' Computer Training
a. Computer Repair Program
b. Computer Networking Program
c. Telecommunication Cabling Program (Copper wire and fiber optics)
The program will involve youth at risk in a career that will not just give them the tools to join the workforce, but the motivation and creativity to stay in a career and pursue it as a long term commitment. Also, parents will commit to enforcing school attendance by keeping track of their children and by participating in parenting skills classes. The program will be measured by the number of students completing the course and certification licenses obtained.