Located at our Job Center, Youth Services focus on providing at-risk and foster youth with tools for success and self-sufficiency. This includes providing positive role models through mentoring activities, building professionalism and leadership skills, and providing work experience and job attainment assistance. Below is a list of the programs and services designed to build youth's skills and provide opportunites to enable them to live self-sufficient, productive lives.
Each week, groups of students in Rancho Cordova middle and high schools participate in mentoring with trained volunteer mentors. These mentors lead youth in discussion and activities around social-emotional skill building, financial literacy, and career exploration. This program is provided through funding from Rancho Cordova Community Development Block Grant funds. Youth are referred in by school counselors.
Youth Career Centers
Employment services are offered to youth on the campuses of Kinney and Cordova High Schools by bringing career exploration, job readiness training and part-time job and internship attainment onsite. Staff are on site at Kinney High School Wednesday afternoons from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm in the Media Center and on site at Cordova High School Thursday afternoons from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the College and Career Center in the Library. Funding for this program is provided by City of Rancho Cordova Measure H Community Enhancement funds.
Out of School Youth
Focused on high risk young adults ages 16 to 24, this program assists participants with completing their high school diploma or equivalency and obtaining paid work experience in a career field of their interest to increase employability. Many participants are former foster youth with other participants including parenting youth who are parenting, basic skills deficient, with a disability, or English language learners. This program is run in partnership with Folsom Cordova Unified School District’s Adult Education and funded by federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act through the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency.
REfugee youth mentoring
A successful start is vital. One on one mentor support is provided to refugee and asylee youth in the United States 5 years or less. This program is for youth ages 15 to 24 years old and is designed to help connect them to their new country well through skill building activities including job readiness training and financial literacy. Additionally, this programs helps youth develop goals in the areas of academic achievement, career development and community connection while connecting with a culturally competent mentor to provide guidance and encouragement on their journey.
College Savings Accounts
This pilot project started in 2019 with Abraham Lincoln Elementary School as the first school selected. College Savings Accounts are started for 5th grade students from high poverty areas in Rancho Cordova. Research demonstrates students with a designated college/higher education account with between $1 and $499 are three times more likely to go to college and four times more likely to graduate. In addition to the beginning of saving for their college education, the existence of the account produces a “college mind-set” for students and parents and increases their persistence to and through post-secondary education. Researchers believe College Savings Accounts are a powerful tool to combat challenges faced by low income families and promote equity. This project is funded through City of Rancho Cordova Measure H Community Enhancement Funds and Tri Counties Bank.
If you would like more information about our Youth Services, please contact Cailen Woodward, Youth and Employment Development Manager, at CWoodward@theFCCP.org or 916-294-9107 ext. 840507.