Office of Children and Family Services

Office of Workforce Development

Post Placement Opportunities

OWD works to link incarcerated youth to the workforce development system in their respective communities. Toward this end, 2003 has found OWD working closely with:

OCFS Office of Youth Development to reach out to our statewide network of youth bureaus, offering workforce development program models and technical assistance.

OCFS Department of Residential Services to reach out to the OCFS statewide network of aftercare workers and provide technical assistance in the access of One-Stop Centers, and workforce development services in their respective areas.

U.S. Department of Labor to reach out to the statewide network of One-Stop Centers to assist them in preparing to serve youth returning from out-of-home placement

Job Corps is a vocational and educational training program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. At the core of the program is vocational training. The curriculum is self-paced and includes classroom instruction, on the job training, job readiness instruction, a personal career development plan and job placement services. OCFS has an agreement with USDOL on placing OCFS youth who are deemed eligible.

Job Corps is a free program for economically disadvantaged and at-risk youth. Students at Job Corps receive:

  • Vocational training
  • Personal Career Development Plan
  • Individualized, self-paced curriculum
  • Free room and meals
  • Spending money every month based on incentive plan
  • Readjustment allowance upon graduation
  • Clothing allowance/Uniform
  • Must have sincere desire to enroll in the program and be willing to sign a six-month extension of placement (must have at least 6 months remaining on placement upon entering the program).
  • Must be able to use free time constructively. There are very few organized after-school, evening and weekend activities for the youth.
  • Must have a valid home assessment.
  • Free medical, dental and vision care
  • Driver's education
  • Free books, work clothes and tools

Eligible OCFS Youth

  • Have at least a 6th grade reading level.
  • Have a placing charge that is non-violent in nature (Job Corps will not accept youth who were placed on robbery, assault, arson, murder, weapons charges or sexual offenses).
  • Have motivation to learn a trade and succeed at Job Corps (not an escape from facility or home).
  • Must be able to function in a large residential setting (225-400 youth) with little or no supervision. Ask yourself, "Could this youth make it on a college campus?"

OCFS - Hillside

Youth released from facility placement, along with her/his family, need community support. A partnership between OCFS and Hillside Work Scholarship is providing the tools necessary for to be successful and productive in the community.

Founded by Wegman's Food Markets in 1987 and now a not-for-profit youth development organization within the Hillside family of agencies, Hillside is collaboration among the city school districts, students and families, the County of Monroe, businesses, and not-for-profits working together to help youth attain self-sufficiency.

OCFS Aftercare staff refers youth to Hillside for services such as in-school tutoring, job readiness, job placement, conflict resolution, family support services and vocational assessments productive citizens.

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