Teenagers make the most of job prep program

Published: Jul. 29, 2017 at 1:23 PM EDT
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(7/29/17) - Believe the H.Y.P.E.

Getting the extra confidence to enter the workforce for the first time is a lot easier when you have someone to show you how it's done.

Enter Faith Foundation Resources' H.Y.P.E. program. The acronym stands for Helping Young People Employment.

Since the spring, program founder Angela Lots says 19 students have graduated in two sessions. They've all been successfully employed since then.

"We don't ask our employers to just hire our students because they came through our program. We ask them to give them a interview, and if they like what they see, then bring them on board," Angela said.

Armed with interviewing and people skills, they've secured jobs at a number of restaurants and retailers. Old Navy is one of the newest employers. Angela has been working with the Cracker Barrel on 4140 Pier North Blvd. in Flint for about 2 years.

"She came in and she started talking to us about how we could start bridging this gap with, you know, employing employees. And it's been raising the bar with employees. It's exciting to see," said General Manager Kim Masker.

Juwan Coleman works in Kim's store as a host. He says daily peer interviews facilitated by H.Y.P.E. helped him a great deal.

"It motivated me to be more confident through the interviewing process," he said.

Angela is gearing up for the next session August 31. She's also letting churches and other community groups know they can contact her if they wish to host a H.Y.P.E. session at their facility. A session is typically six weeks.

In addition to successful employment, ELGA Credit Union and Huntington Bank have partnered with Faith Foundation Resources to make sure all of the children have savings accounts.

To learn more about how the program works, check out the related link attached to this article.