Next Step Internship Program: Careers in Homeless Services
Project Renewal: Receiving Hope.
The Next Step Internship Program is an eights week vocational training program that provides individuals with the skills and experience they need to begin a career in homeless services. Interns receive approximately 140 hours of intensive sector-based classroom training as well as 140 hours of closely supervised paid on the job training to give them an entry point into the rewarding field of social services.
Week 1-2: Full Time Classroom Training (unpaid)
*Occupational Skills Training’s: Crisis Prevention, Working with Special Populations, Narcan Administration, Incident Reporting, Conflict Resolution.
*Soft Skills Training’s: Effective Communication, Customer Service and Life Skills.
*Computer Training: Basic Microsoft Office, DHS Cares
*Financial Literacy Workshops: Budgeting, Credit Repair, Managing Money.
Week 3-7: Classroom & On the Job Training (paid)
*Internship: Work 3-4 days/week in a shelter as a Residential Aide or Maintenance Staff
*Ongoing Training: Attend classes 1-2 days per week & learn industry specific skills
*Credential Attainment: Crisis Prevention Certification, Fire Guard for Shelters Certification (F-02), Certificate of Completion for Opioid Overdose Prevention.
Week 8: Final Week of Training
*Graduation Ceremony: Certificate of completion, 80% graduation rate
*Hiring Decisions: Internship site directors have option of permanently hiring graduates
*Job Search: Interns are assigned to a Job Developer, update resumes, intensive job search and interviewing process begins.
Week 9: Job Placement, Retention and Career Advancement
*Job Placement Support: Continue job search and job placement process with support of a job developer, 80% placement rate.
*Job Retention: One year post employment support, 70% on year job retention rate.
*Career Advancement: Assistance with upgrading employment and credentials.
Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the Next Step Internship Program pamphlet and I give them full credit for the information. Please look the program up online for more information on the Internship.
If you are interested in helping the homeless this program might be for you.
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