Participants also go through employment counseling with a career coach at Northwest WorkSource Council, a partner of the program. Here, they identify their own strengths, interests, and work ethic. They also develop a career plan that meets their family’s needs.
Families graduate the program better equipped to manage their income and new opportunities. Many continue into a 2-year certification or 4-year degree or go on to secure a high-paying job with benefits.
“This program has helped push me to do things that I knew I was capable of all along, and just needed someone to believe in me and give me a nudge,” said a program participant. “I’m very proud of myself for going back to school and pursuing a degree in early childhood education and psychology.”
Program Coordinator Kevi Veldman stressed the financial resilience families gain through the program as they get over hurdles, all the while gaining confidence in themselves and their ability to get through barriers and “accomplish almost anything,” as she described it.
“A big weight is lifted off them,” Veldman said. “You see a full-circle moment.”
After they complete these goals, families can use the financial incentive to tackle their important needs like court fees, debt, or even a car, creating a foundation for success, Veldman said. If you want to mentor or participate, fill out an interest form to get involved.
Economic Security for All – Opportunity Council and Northwest Workforce Council are funded in part by Federal WIOA funds. The Opportunity Council and the Northwest Workforce Council are equal opportunity employers/programs.