JOBS FOR WOMEN PROGRAM
PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT - The NuHorizons Jobs For Women Program will provide women who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault ("Program Participants") throughout Central New York a comprehensive 'jobs program' These individuals have unique barriers to economic success due to their individual circumstances. Our NuHorizons Jobs For Women Program will help provide a better life for our Program Participants by helping to break the 'chain' of governmental dependency, through our jobs program which will provide job training, REAL on the job experience, and assistance in qualifying for, locating, and securing self-sustaining permanent community employment, to help our Program Participants achieve their dream and our goal - successful integration back into the community with dignity. Success of the Program Participants will also achieve a goal of benefiting the community, as dependency of Program Participants upon governmental resources will be drastically reduced or eliminated, in the process contributing to the alleviation of poverty and homelessness.
PROGRAM NEED - Along with housing and counseling, economic security is often reported as a top need of survivors seeking safety. Stable employment and the ability to support one’s family is a key factor in whether a survivor is able to leave an abusive relationship. For survivors who need to improve their skills or pursue new careers, workforce development programs can provide an important path to economic security and safety. On average, a woman leaves an abusive relationship seven times before she leaves for good, according to The National Domestic Violence Hotline. Nationwide, 75% of battered women return to their abusers due to economic and financial instability (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence). This statistic points to the need to examine new methods to help these women break the cycle of return to the abuser such as the practices being promoted by the Nuhorizons Jobs For Women Program. These include comprehensive programs and services focused on individualized circumstances of need, resulting in meaningful employment that will lead to financial stability.
THE PRIMARY ACTIVITY OF THE PROGRAM - the initial primary activity of the Program that will create the program participant positions is 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, and players, entertainers, leagues, teams, and organizations are asking the question, "What can we do to help?". One way is through participation in the NuHorizons Jobs For Women Program, where participating individuals will autograph an item, the NuHorizons Jobs For Women Program, will create professional reproduced prints, and through the participating individuals ask their social media followers to support the Program with a nominal amount, for which in return they will receive one of the autographed reproduced prints of the individual they already follow.
After a detailed 4 week training experience provided each Program Participant following the NuHorizons Training Manual, through the origination, marketing, and sale of items, online and eventually at retail locations, Program Participants will receive Real on the job experience in the following areas, qualifying the Program participants in numerous fields:
online sales and marketing
promotion and public relations
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.
We also envision expanding the Program into training for positions in the food and beverage industry, as a location is located to serve as the Horizons Community Center, with job training and experience in all positions form cook to hostess, to dishwasher, to server.
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.
All program and services to Program participants are provided free of charge, and participation is on a complete voluntary basis.
NuHorizons 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 meaningful assistance in attaining their dream of successful community reintegration with permanent self sustaining employment, while at the same time there is a direct positive impact on the community, as the cycle of governmental dependency is broken as individuals attain their dream of community reintegration.
NuHorizons will work with local service providers throughout Central New York, non-profit organizations, and governmental agencies, seeking their cooperation in making our program known and available to qualified individuals, The NuHorizons Jobs For Women Program will compliment the housing services provided by area service providers, providing a first-of-its-kind jobs program, with REAL on the job training and experience.
NuHorizons projects up to 24 women participating in Year 1, with the potential to grow up to 192 women annually.
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