For the past 19 years, the Yonkers Chamber of Commerce’s (YCC) Yonkers Employment Services (Y.E.S.) Program has worked with theWelfare-to-Work (WTW) population and has been monitoring the employment process. Since 2004, YCC has partnered with the Westchester County Department of Social Services (WCDSS) to fulfill this task. We support the mission of WCDSS to empower its clients to become independent and to ensure the health, safety and protection of adults and children.
This task has changed considerably with the onset of modern technology. Computer access has so influenced our method of communication and the job application process. We have discovered that the population we serve has suffered the most as they seek and apply for a job. After providing them with a strong resume, intense job interviewing skills, motivation, and self-confidence, we realized there was a deficiency. Computers now dominate the job application process. And we rose to the task!
We have added new programs, while fulfilling our primary goals of serving adult recipients of public assistance, helping them facilitate self-sufficiency and economic independence, job readiness training, resume prep, referrals to educational programs, and matching them with productive Community Work Experience Sites. They include the STRIVE Attitudinal Training program and a Job Club Program. To assist with these innovative additions we have received a grant from the City of Yonkers. This grant allows us to set up a computer lab complete with 20 computers, printers, and scanners. With the cooperation of the Police Athletic League of Yonkers Foundation, Inc. our home for this Computer Lab/Job Clubis at the Armory.
The core of the STRIVE employment model is the Attitudinal and Job Readiness training, a four week workshop that takes a tough love, no excuses approach to work readiness. The STRIVE employment model is offered by more than 25 community-based organizations in the US and overseas. This groundbreaking curriculum has helped nearly 50,000 individuals across America enter the workforce since 1984.
STRIVE is committed to serving the hardest-to-employ, most at-risk individuals. These include the long-term unemployed, the formerly incarcerated, disconnected youth, recovering addicts, public assistance recipients, veterans, the homeless, and the working poor. STRIVE has been helping people acquire the life-changing skills and attitudes needed to overcome challenging circumstances, find sustained employment, and become valuable contributors to their families, their employers, and their communities.
With great honor, YCC will continue serving the City of Yonkers by developing strategic partnerships with local business, helping to employ clients with many barriers and aiding in the economic growth and development of our community!