Chinatown Manpower Project wants to improve its Out-of-School Youth (OSY) program, which offers workforce development and education services to low-income, out-of-school Asian-American youth between the ages of 16–24. Although the OSY program has high completion rates, its participants are not successful in obtaining employment. Participants encounter barriers such as a lack of basic work skills and access to professional networks. Chinatown Manpower proposes to hire a part-time coordinator who will develop and run an internship program. The coordinator will build relationships with employers to gain contacts and to better understand the needs of the employers and their markets. The coordinator will use this knowledge during job readiness workshops to help participants improve the skills they will need to apply to and attain jobs in markets that are of interest to them.
This grant will support the development of an internship program to help out-of-school youth find jobs.