WHAT IS THE JOB CORPS PARTNERSHIP FUND?
The Job Corps Partnership Fund aims to provide scholarships and in-kind donations to help Job Corps students, graduates and campuses expand and leverage the impact of federal dollars. Specifically, the Fund will allow local Job Corps campuses to update career training programs, buy new equipment, and support students and graduates transitioning to the world of work.
HOW DOES THE JOB CORPS PARTNERSHIP FUND OPERATE?
The Fund focuses on two areas: 1.) support for Job Corps students and graduates and 2.) support for Job Corps campuses delivering academic and career preparation training to at-risk youth. Your charitable contributions will support the following initiatives:
- Youth Opportunity Grants: These grants provide direct support to students and recent graduates transitioning into careers, military service or higher education through scholarships and emergency support.
Campus Innovation Grants: Advancing innovative academic and career preparation curriculum is essential for preparing students for the current job market. These grants will aim to encourage curriculum innovation and boost novel job training programs.
Campus Support Grants: In order for students to be ready for future career or academic success, they must have access to modern technology. These grants will provide in-kind support to replace outdated job training technology or enhance the academic tools in the classroom.
HOW WILL THE FUNDS BE ADMINISTERED?
The Job Corps Partnership fund is dedicated to providing educational and career enhancing opportunities at Job Corps Centers across the country. Your donation will directly support Job Corps students, graduates or a Job Corps campus. Grants will fall into one of three categories: Youth Opportunity Grants, Campus Innovation Grants or Campus Support Grants. Guidelines for the distribution of funds will be developed by the FYO Trustees and issued to each center.
You donation will be immediately documented by the FYO’s accounting office and a receipts will be issued. Contributors will be acknowledged online and at upcoming events.
FYO and the Industry Advisory Council (IAC) established the IAC/Job Corps Information Technology Scholarship to provide Job Corps students and graduates the opportunity to pursue careers in Information Technology (IT). Since its inception in 2000, more than $200,000 in scholarships has been raised through and awarded to Job Corps youth pursuing IT careers, allowing countless Job Corps students and graduates to achieve their educational and career goals.
FYO received a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to facilitate an integrated service delivery approach between the workforce and juvenile justice systems as they worked with court-involved youth and young adults transitioning back into their communities and the labor market. Through its efforts, the FYO educated the publicly-funded workforce investment system about effective strategies for serving youth offenders and court-involved youth, as well as potential resources available to help build their capacity to serve this population.
Sponsored by a grant from DOL, FYO worked to increase the capacity of Youth Councils in fulfilling mandates of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA). In conjunction with FYO, six Youth Council Network (YCN) demonstration sites worked to:
- Expand their participation with faith-based organizations;
- Improve communication with other YCN sites;
- Enhance employer engagement strategies;
- Increase opportunities for youth to obtain high school diplomas
and other recognized credentials; and
- Secure greater media coverage.
FYO facilitated a significant donation from Dell to the Gary Job Corps Center that included 200 Dimension 4550 desktop computers, 14 Inspiron 4150 laptop mobile computers, and 14 HP Color LaserJet 4600dn duplex network printers. The equipment donated to the center continues to be used for information technology training and replaced outdated equipment that was no longer found in the workplace.