Breakthrough partners with those affected by poverty to build connections, develop skills and open doors of opportunity. With the expectation of families becoming self-sufficient.
Breakthrough expected outcomes:
- Behavioral change
- Confidence and esteem building
- Strategic thinking and planning
- Marketable and transferable employability skills
- Emotional preparedness for employment
- At least entry-level employment
- Experience Success
- Develop Realistic Plans for Living Independently
Cycles will last four weeks plus personal mentoring and weekly follow-up meetings. Cycles may be gender specific, centered around a particular job category and/or academic attainment. Possible job categories: Construction, car repair, car detail, child care, catering, baking, lawn care, painting, etc.
The pilot program will center around young men 18-30 year olds who have an interest in being a “handyman”.
- By age 18, 30 percent of black males, 26 percent of Hispanic males and 22 percent of white males have been arrested.
- By age 23, 49 percent of black males, 44 percent of Hispanic males and 38 percent of white males have been arrested.
- While the prevalence of arrest increased for females from age 18 to 23, the variation between races was slight. At age 18, arrest rates were 12 percent for white females and 11.8 percent and 11.9 percent for Hispanic and black females, respectively. By age 23, arrest rates were 20 percent for white females and 18 percent and 16 percent for Hispanic and black females, respectively. (http://www.sc.edu/uofsc/announcements/2014/brame_criminology_arrest_study_2014.php#.Uure4_ldWSo) Posted on: 1/6/2014; By Peggy Binette, 803-777-7704 Retrieved Jan. 15, 2014.
What happens if school is, presently, not a viable option? How do we engage young people especially men earlier? What tools do young men need to break through the cycle of poverty? How can equip young men with those tools?
Module One: You don’t know what you don’t know
- Orientation and Passion Experience
- Identifying personal assets and resources
- Moving between Cultures
- Conflict Resolution/dealing with anger
- Creating a Game Plan
Module Two: Standards of Work
- Resume/completing job applications
- Code of Conduct at Work
- Humble/Confidence at Work
- Time Management: Planning and Prioritizing
Module Three: Business Side
- Planning a job: Tools, Time, Things
- The importance of Keeping Track: Record Keeping
- Marketing Tactics that cost very little
- Profit/Loss things you REALLY need for success
5. Keeping Customers Doing even better: Self-Evaluation of your work
Module Four: Boot Camp actual job will be assigned and completed using all skill sets.
1. Sizing up job/planning/shopping
5. Debrief/Where do we go from here/Check presentations
Cycle is four modules:
First Three Modules: 8AM-12(noon)
Boot Camp: 8 AM-4 PM
8:00-8:30 Homework and previous day review
8:30-9:30 Group Experience
9:45-10:00 Debrief Group Experience
10:00 -11:15 Speaker and question
11:15-11:30 Break interaction with speaker
11:30-12:00 Homework Assignment for next day
Homework will be writing or math assignments as applied to handymen. Homework will take about 45 minutes each day. There will also be at least one question based on speaker information.
Example: A box of drywall screws cost 3.98 there are 100 screws in a box. You will need 20 drywall screws to complete your job, how much does 20 screws cost?
Skill Sets: Reading, writing, math, problem solving, discipline, and confidence.
Example 1: Using computers at office desks, each student will watch a different you tube video that has to do with home repairs and then students will gather to explain how to do the job to the others.
Example 2: Use computer to type a list of tools, time and things (material) needed to repair a 5’ x 5’ hole in the wall. Compare answers.
Skill Sets: Computer literacy, reading, writing, math, listening, communication, problem solving, confidence, conflict resolution, and teamwork.
Speaker: Will speak on topic for day and answer questions, students will take notes. Homework will include one or two questions based on talk. Example of a question: The speaker talked about three tips to use to curb anger. Which one will you use? Why?
Skill Sets: Listening, note taking, writing, communication, strategic thinking, and confidence.
Weekly Feedback: Includes self-evaluation (three things can do better/three things felt good about), with director evaluation based on homework, participation and commitment to excellence.
- Fill out application form.
- Participate in an individual interview with Director.
- Meet minimum reading and math requirements.
- Ability to obtain Driver’s License or have transportation to work.
- NO ABSENCES. In extreme emergency the director of class will need to be notified in advance of the class. Extreme emergency will be defined on first day of class. Cannot miss more than one day of class to extreme emergency.
- Only one late day permitted. Must be in seat by 8:00 AM.
- Must comply with dress, and behavior standards: You need to look like ready for a job interview, as speakers, might need help. If proper clothes are needed they will be provided.
§ Shirts must have a collar no t-shirts with shirts tucked in
§ Jeans are OK as long as they are clean with no holes
§ No hoodies in classroom
§ No sagging
§ Positive attitude
§ Maintain positive ratings on weekly feedback.
Support for students:
Complete all modules with 100% attendance participant will receive $500.
Periodic prizes will be given throughout the course, everything from tools to Grocery Cards.
Homework completion will give better chance to win prizes.
- Identified outcomes(see above)
- Possible return to school
- Possible job placement with established business.
- Possible job placement in KUO advanced program.
- Possible owning of own business.
Start up Costs:
Laptops/tables/chairs 1800(funded by Community Foundation)
Budget per cycle base on 5 students
Stipend 5 x 500 2500 (looking for funders)
Daily incentives @ $10.00 150 (looking for donors)
Notebooks/Pens/Paper $15.00 each student 75 (funded by an individual)
Total 2725 @ 5 cycles $13,625 year