Fulton County’s Workforce Development moves the Youth Training and Employment program to Oak Hill | News
ATLANTA -- The Fulton County Housing and Human Services Department, Office of Workforce Development’s Y.E.S. program works year-round to reduce the unemployment rate. The Y.E.S. Office recently moved to the Oak Hill Child, Adolescent and Family Center located at 2805 Metropolitan Parkway in Atlanta to provide career and education counseling for young people between 16 and 21years old. How does it benefit youth?
Semaj White is 20 years old and will celebrate his 21st birthday in March with a career path, goals and direction. White found out about Y.E.S. through his training at Job Corps from 2011 – 2012. He describes Y.E.S. and the Job Corps as “great experiences” that helped him to turn around his troubles, obtain his GED and obtain employment in Administrative Support at MARTA. White readily admits that he had poor study habits as well as other discipline issues before Y.E.S helped him to overcome his discipline problems and taught him how to be successful in his work pursuits. White’s ultimate goal is to one day become the Chief Executive Officer of his own company.
Jessica Bridges, who is 21-years-old, continues to work toward her ultimate goal of becoming a Patient Care Technician; however, she is excited and grateful for her current fulltime employment with the YMCA as an Administrative Assistant. Bridges completed high school and began college; however, the need to take care of her infant son forced her to drop out of college. Bridges says Y.E.S. paid for her training as a medical assistant and helped her to find childcare, so that she could work as an Administrative Assistant. Bridges urges young people with struggles similar to hers to seek help and to remember that they are not the only ones going through tough times. She promotes a positive outlook and has the following advice for her peers: “Anything that you put your mind to, you can achieve.”
Y.E.S. is among several integrated services at Oak Hill, which include specialty medical and oral health care, an education center, and a teaching kitchen, which will be used to provide nutrition education and healthy cooking classes. Y.E.S. encourages leadership and independent thinking that assists Fulton County youth in reaching their personal potential.
Services provided by Y.E.S. for youth between 16 and 21 years old include:
- Career and Education Counseling
- Pre- & Post Educational and Employability Assessments
- On Site Recruitment Events
- Internet access for online job searches
- Computers for resume and cover letter writing
- Job Readiness Workshops
- Access to a fax machine and telephone
- Access to the State of Georgia’s Eligible Service Provider List
Young people eligible for the program include those who may be in school or out-of-school and whose family income is within the Workforce Development Act Low Income Guidelines.
For more information about the Y.E.S. program, call the Oak Hill Facility at 404-612-9084 or residents living in North Fulton may call the North Fulton Career Center at 404-613-4480. The North Fulton Career Center is located at 7741 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, GA.