In-School Youth Programs
Independent Living Program
An eight week instructional class focusing on life skills, post –secondary education , employment and self-sufficiency. This collaborative program between CRD and the Department of Human Services is design to assist foster youth transition to independence.
Quest 4 Success
Quest 4 Success is a program that offers eligible 11th and 12th grade students that attend participating Kern High School District continuation high schools an opportunity to receive paid work experience twice a year. Students are required to attend an after-school pre-employment class taught by a credentialed instructor where they can receive miscellaneous high school credits. They are also monitored for school attendance and progress throughout the school year. Incentives, paid work experience/project-based learning courses, and supportive services are available to Quest 4 Success students to provide motivation to stay in school and graduate.
Out Of School Youth Programs
Adolescent Career Transition
ACT is designed to assist youth age 18-24 who are emancipating from the foster care system achieve self–sufficiency. Vocational training followed by up to 250 hours of paid work experience is coupled with life skills courses to assist youth with the transition to adulthood. Referrals to this program are made via Department of Human Services which continues to work with CRD staff to ensure the success of the young of paid work experience in the industry of training. The areas are Warehouse Worker and Materials Handler, Building Industries and Welding. Incentives are paid to participants during the classroom training.
Blue Collar Career Training
This program is designed to provide occupational skills training for high school graduates ages 18-24 followed by up to 500 hours of paid work experience in the industry of training. The areas are Warehouse Worker and Materials Handler, Auto Tech and Welding. Incentives are paid to participants during the classroom training.//
Careers, Schools, Success
CS² is designed for high school graduates ages 18-24 who need life skills and vocational training to successfully transition into self-sufficient adulthood. CS² consists of vocational training in the youth’s area of interest. Successful completion moves participants to up to 250 hours of paid work experience in the private sector coupled with ongoing workshops to reinforce soft skills. Job search assistance is available to those who have not yet found unsubsidized employment.
Re-entry Education Attainment Program
Recognized by US Department of Labor and the National Youth Employment Coalition with a 2002 PEPNet award, REAP is designed to give high school drop-out youth age 18 to 24 the opportunity to earn a high school diploma or GED, learn employability skills through vocational training and paid work experience, and improve self-esteem. Staff motivates, encourages, and assists REAP clients in the re-enrollment process that eventually leads to self-sufficiency. Participants are monitored for school attendance and progress throughout the year and are provided with life/soft skills, career exploration, incentive stipends, and supportive services to help motivate them to stay in school and graduate.
Careers 4 Success
Career 4 Success is a paid work experience program consisting of up to 320 hours of paid work experience, work readiness, and academic enrichment. Careers 4 Success participants may be placed in a variety of occupations and worksites. Placements are made with considerations of English language skills, occupational skills, interest, transportation and child care.
Farmworker Opportunity Program
CRD provides assistance to qualifying farm workers 18 and over and their dependents (18+) who have the legal right to work in the United States and are income eligible. FOP provides up to 320 hours of paid work experience in Greater Bakersfield .Those in need of educational enhancement are enrolled at BAS.
Paid Work Experience
CRD works in conjunction with Department of Human Services and Employers’ Training Resource to provide 6 months of paid work experience to Cal WORKs recipients who are working their way to self-sufficiency.