As I've been on both sides of the interview desk, I had the opportunity today to work with Jen and Randy last week who are doing amazing work at The Pathway Project. The program teaches you life skills, and assists you to get back into the workplace. I wasn't sure what level to expect of the participants. I would have hired the large majority of them on the spot, as being in this intense program requires an unprecedented dedication that most facilities don't require of the youth; for example, you must be not just be on time, but 15 minutes early for every single day you're in the program. From their website:
Are you between the ages of 15 and 30, out of school and out of work? The Pathway Project may be just the thing for you. Participants are paid to look for work - plus, you'll get Food Safe, SuperHost, and First Aid Level One certifications . How cool is that? AND we can offer a wage subsidy to an employer as an incentive to hire you!
If this means you, give Jen or Randy a call! 250-391-1487. or come by and check out the project in person - 101-847 Goldstream Avenue, behind Timmy's and see if it's a fit for you. If you're a local employer, I would contact them as well, as they provide facilitation throughout the process, and are dealing only with people who have proven commitment and responsibility, and are eager to get back into the work place.
As I was fairly moved by this project, I asked Jen if there is anything a blog article could do to help them out, she said this is the feedback that most people feel after being in the space and seeing the great work they do. She wants you to come in and check it out, as as one of her focuses is connecting the community to these individuals who are marginalized. Here are a few suggestions that might apply to you or your organization:
- mock interviewing
- talk about hiring and firing practices
- teach a workshop
- an activity in the community
or just stop by for a visit and see what it's all about!