Located at the Job Center, Youth Services focus on providing at-risk and foster youth with tools for success and self-sufficiency. This support provides positive role models through group mentoring, builds professionalism and leadership qualities through Youth Leadership Council, and assists youth in goal setting for the future as part of employment skill enhancement. Below is a listing of the programs and services designed to build youth's professional and leadership skills to enable them to live self-sufficient, productive lives.
Each week, groups of students in Rancho Cordova schools participate in mentoring with trained volunteer mentors. These mentors lead youth in an evidence-based curriculum designed to reduce bullying, improve self-confidence, reduce acts of violence, and improve communication skills. Youth are referred in by school counselors.
Youth Leadership Council
The Rancho Cordova Youth Leadership Council (YLC) is comprised of middle school and high school youth that work on “Making Rancho Cordova a better place!” YLC students attend bi-monthly meetings, volunteer at activities around Rancho Cordova and plan and coordinate their own youth events. YLC strives to build youth leaders within Rancho Cordova who are connected to their community. Youth participating are required to maintain a minimum grade point average and volunteer hours in the community. YLC is run in conjunction with the Rancho Cordova Police Activities League.
Out of School Youth
Focused on high risk young adults ages 18 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. The majority of participants are former foster youth. Other participants may include 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.
AmeriCorps members facilitate and present Junior Achievement curriculum at area high schools and middle schools with the primary focus on high risk youth. By facilitating modules like Career Exploration and Personal Finance, we assist with skill building activities leading to self-sufficiency for this at risk population.
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.