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In 2004, while developing a Business Plan funded by the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, CEO discovered that participants who did not end up being placed in a permanent job tended to leave the program sooner rather than later. Of young CEO participants who left without being placed, 60 percent left within the first two weeks. CEO began to explore how it might more effectively engage young people, keeping them longer in transitional employment and other programming to build skills for permanent unsubsidized jobs. CEO created its Young Adult Program in 2005, to serve this group: clients, ages 18 to 25, who have little or no employment history or educational background, lack self esteem, positive attitude, maturity, motivation, and/or who have high barriers to regular full-time employment, such as unstable housing or lack of family and peer support.
During transitional work, participants experience – sometimes for the first time – what it means to get to work on time, take direction from a supervisor, work steadily throughout the day, be appreciated as a co-worker, and express themselves to supervisors and co-workers effectively and respectfully. After an average of two to three months of transitional work, CEO places people in permanent jobs.
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CEO provides immediate, effective and comprehensive employment services to individuals returning home from prison and jails to New York City. Our highly-structured and tightly-supervised programs help participants regain the skills and confidence needed for a successful transition to a stable, productive life. Starting with vocational training and transitional employment, CEO then works to place participants in full-time, permanent employment, and follows up with them for a year after placement. Over the past 10 years, 10,000 people have been placed in full-time jobs.