JOBS FOR WOMEN PROGRAM

Right Beginnings, Inc. Jobs For Women Program (“Program”) will provide women, who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault ("Program Participants") throughout the District of Columbia a comprehensive 'jobs program.' These individuals have unique barriers to economic success and independence due to their individual circumstances. Our Program will help provide a better life for our Program Participants by helping to break the 'chain' of governmental dependency.  Our jobs program will provide job training, on the job experience, and assistance in qualifying for, locating, and securing self-sustaining permanent community employment, to help our Program Participants achieve independence and successful integration back into the community. Success of Program Participants will also reduce dependency on government services, which will contribute to the alleviation of poverty and homelessness, as government resources can be used elsewhere.

THE ACTIVITIES OF THE PROGRAM

 

The initial activity of the Program that will create the participants opportunities include the origination, marketing, and sale of novelty and souvenir items relating to sports and entertainment industry stars. Throughout the last few years, a number of high profile incidents of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and domestic violence have been attributable to individuals in these industries. Players, entertainers, professional sport leagues, teams, and organizations are asking the question, "What can we do to help?" and we have identified a solution. One way is through participation in the Right Beginnings, Inc. Jobs For Women Program. Participating stars will autograph an item and the Program will create professional reproduced prints, through which the participating star can request that their social media followers support the Program.  The support can be in a nominal amount, in turn they will receive one of the autographed reproduced prints based on their donation.

After a detailed 4 week training, each Program participant following the Right Beginnings, Inc. training manual, will receive on the job experience in the following areas:

  • online sales and marketing

  • inventory control

  • promotion and public relations

  • customer service

  • sales

  • order processing and shipping

  • numerous social media related function

As the program expands, activities of the program will also expand, seeking donations of all types of items from furniture to office or household items, vehicles, appliances and electronics, all to be marketed and sold through the activities operated by the program participants. Receipts from the various programs activities will fund the training and experience provided program participants, who will be paid for their 'on the job' experience.

 

Right Beginnings will also assist our program participants in accessing the following programs available with the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) and the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) which provide additional career pathways, employment training and certification options to program participants as listed below.

                                                   

 

Department of Employment Services (DOES)

PROJECT EMPOWERMENT (PE)  - A TRANSITIONAL EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM

 

PE provides job readiness training, work experience, and job search assistance to District residents who face multiple barriers to employment. Participants attend an intensive, 3 week training course and upon completion, they have the opportunity to be placed in subsidized employment for up to 6 months. In addition to job readiness training and job search assistance, PE provides supportive services, such as adult basic education, job coaching and occupational skills training. The goal of PE is for participants to secure permanent, unsubsidized employment.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

  1. Program Orientation
     

  2. Intake, assessment, and Case Management: Participants will receive a customized assessment of their life and work-skills to determine the appropriate level of service and be assigned to a Case Manager.
     

  3. Supportive Services: Case Managers provide individual coaching, which includes evaluating a participant's needs and recommending necessary supportive services, such as substance abuse treatment, transportation assistance, physical or mental health treatment, child care, business attire, housing, and nutrition.

     

  4. Job Readiness/Life Skills Training: Participants attend a three week Job Readiness/ Life Skills workshop that focuses on the following skills.


    a.) Interviewing
    b.) Resume Building
    c.) Workplace Ethics and Behavior
    d.) Goal Setting
    e.) Dressing for Success
    f.) Basic Computer Skills
    g.) Networking
    h.) Effective Communication

     

  5. Occupational Skills Training: Provide participants with the opportunity to develop specific job-related skills and gain certifications that will help launch them along a career path. Participants recommended for training must demonstrate consistency, dependability, and an established interest in a specified training field/career pathway.
     

  6. Professional Development: Participants who have completed six months of work experience training (WEX) and who still require coaching and intensive job search assistance, will receive additional service.
     

  7. Job Retention and Follow-Up: Our job retention staff works with participants for up to one year following their placement in unsubsidized employment to ensure participants have the necessary support to succeed on the job.

 

 

University of the District of Columbia (UDC)

CAREER PATHWAYS AND EMPLOYMENT OPTIONS

  • Apartment Maintenance

  • Child Development - Associate Degree

  • Computer Technician

  • Computer Craft Skills and Application

  • Electrical - 1

  • First Aid 7 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

  • Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning - HVAC

  • Hospitality and Tourism : Food and Beverage Service - Entry Level

  • Introduction to Medical Billing and Coding

  • Introduction to Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and Power Point

  • IT Fundamentals and Computer Technician - A+

  • Leasing for Property Management

  • Medical Assistant

  • Medical Office Administrative Professional

  • Nursing Assistant Certification

  • Project Management

  • Refrigeration Technician Program (HVAC/EPA Section 608 Universal

  • UDC United Medical Center Campus

  • Dialysis Technician

  • Direct Support Professional

  • EKG Technician

  • Medical Assistant

  • Nursing Assistant

  • Patient Care Technician

  • Pharmacy Technician

  • Phlebotomy Technician 

The Right Beginnings, Inc. Jobs For Women Program and Stop The Pain Public Awareness Project will work together.  Program participants in the jobs Program will act as the distribution and shipping 'arm' of the book as part of the Public Awareness Project. All program and services to participants are provided free of charge, and participation is on a completely voluntary basis. Right Beginnings, Inc. will also provide program participants training in job interview techniques, resume preparation, and assist with transportation to community job interviews, in addition to having a staff member work with community employers to identify available positions for program participants.

PROJECTED OUTCOME AND IMPACT

 

There is a direct positive impact on both program participants and the community.  As program participants receive assistance in attaining their dream of successful community reintegration with permanent self-sustaining employment, while concurrently producing a positive impact in the community.  The cycle of governmental dependency is broken, as individuals accomplish their goal of independence. Right Beginnings, Inc. will work with local service providers throughout the District of Columbia, non-profit organizations, and governmental agencies, and inform qualified individuals of the Program.  The Right Beginnings, Inc. Jobs For Women Program will complement the housing services provided by area service providers, providing a first-of-its-kind jobs program, with on the job training and experience. Right Beginnings, Inc. envisions up to 100 women participating in the first year, with the potential to grow up to over 200 women annually in subsequent years.

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