Job Training for Individuals Who Are Unemployed

Job Training for Individuals Who Are Unemployed

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Up Center Books is The Up Center’s work readiness training and transitional jobs program for adults with barriers to employment, including past incarceration, low education attainment, substance abuse recovery, and former homelessness. At our training facility, we teach the skills involved in selling donated books and media on the Internet via online marketplaces including eBay, Amazon and Alibris. Trainees work for up to four months and develop marketable skills such as organization, data entry, and customer service. Trainees also learn to get to work on time, communicate effectively, and demonstrate dedication to their jobs.

The Up Center’s Face Forward Juvenile Diversion is a workforce readiness program for at-risk youth ages 16-24 who reside in Norfolk and face continuing involvement with the Juvenile Justice System. The 14-week program provides mentoring, on-the-job training, continuing education, and service learning. Trainees work to develop skills that promote healthy relationships and economic stability.

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Job Training program

Andrea Long
Vice President of Counseling Services
(757) 397-2121

Up Center Books bookstore

Lauren Chacko
Up Center Books Marketing Associate
(757) 623-1119

Fatherhood Workforce Readiness Training

Dana Watson
Up Center Books Program Manager
(757) 623-1119

Face Forward Juvenile Diversion

Christina Shelton
Up Center Books Program Manager
(757) 623-1119

Funding for the Fatherhood Work Readiness project was provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant: #90FK0039-01-01. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.

Face Forward was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The product was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The U.S. Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership. This product is copyrighted by the institution that created it. Internal use by an organization and/or personal use by an individual for non-commercial purposes is permissible. All other uses require the prior authorization of the copyright owner.

These services are available to all eligible persons, regardless of race, gender, age, disability, or religion.

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