Project Description

Next Step NetWORK

Grant Award:

Cincinnati Works was founded in 1997 to lead the effort to eliminate poverty in our community. Their mission is to partner with willing and capable people living in poverty to assist them in advancing to economic self-sufficiency through employment.

The Impact 100 grant of $108,500 funded an 18-month pilot program – The Next Step NetWORK. This program utilized Cincinnati Works proven employment model with young adults ranging from 17 ½ to 24 years of age, who have aged out of the foster care system. The referenced youth represent a unique under-served population. Cincinnati Works in collaboration with Lighthouse Youth Services, ProKids, The Children’s Home, Hamilton County Department of Jobs and Family Services and Leadership Cincinnati implemented this process of: Job Readiness; Job Search; Job Retention and Advancement.

The program consists of six workshops conducted over 18 months. Total enrollment in the program was 100 youth. The bulk of the funds were utilized for counseling services for program participants. Other costs included legal advocacy; curriculum development and materials; transportation; emergency food; childcare counseling and employer liaison.