JCC’s Career Development Program is designed for adolescents from lower income families between the ages of 14 and 18. The program is administered at two locations near the City of Orange’s Public Housing Authority whose close proximity makes it more convenient for youth living in these target communities to attend the workshops.
JCC’s Career Development Program is comprised of three modules:
The Job Readiness Module has workshops focused on resume writing, interviewing techniques, proper business attire for interviews and the workplace, and time-management skills. The activities in this module include “real-world” simulations and instruction from professionals in various occupations to help with career development.
The Communication Module develops oral and written communication skills through grammar workshops focused on academic and professional writing and effective public speaking training. This module also includes a computer literacy component to provide instruction on the use of commonly used office software applications, such as Microsoft Office, training on navigating job-recruiting websites, and instruction on completing employment applications online.
The Money Basics Module teaches adolescents key money management techniques that encourage a sound path to financial independence and helps them to avoid the pitfalls of consumer debt. Participants learn applicable skills in creating a budget, managing bank accounts, and building a savings.
The Summer Program offers tutoring and homework assistance along with other enrichment activities to middle school-age children living in JCC's target lower income areas in Orange, Texas. Our program focuses on the following activities:
Activities include one-on-one mentoring, tutoring in math and grammar, and a computer lab.
On these days, the youth will engage their creative and active sides with arts & crafts and recreation activities.
Participants are taught the importance of team building, time management, and goal setting to help them develop academically and occupationally.
Youth Vegetable Garden
The Youth Vegetable Garden is planted and maintained by the youth in the community. The youth learn how to plant and take care of their vegetables. The garden serves as a training tool to teach the youth about teamwork, commitment, and responsibility.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program
The VITA program offers tax-free services to income eligible taxpayers in the Golden Triangle area. Through this program, JCC will train interested individuals to become a VITA volunteer to help prepare taxes.