To Health and To Work program offers scholars additional resources

A new partnership between St. Louis College Prep and Employment Connection is providing high school scholars at the school access to key career readiness training.

“It is a youth behavioral program that targets youth between ages 14 and 18,” said St. Louis College Prep College and Career Counselor Amber Hurd. “They call it a one-stop shop for the resources youth need.”

The new program, which will start serving 15 scholars at the school on Friday,  provides mock interviews, application evaluation, resume development, career analysis, behavioral health interventions (including assessments, individual therapy, and psychoeducational group counseling), empowerment coaching, and referrals to a variety of other support organizations.

“They are targeting at-risk scholars,” said Hurd, “scholars who do not have many resources at hand. They are going to help them in that transition from school to work.”

She noted that the program, while aimed at a high school to career path, would also be beneficial in helping to develop key skills for scholars on a high school to college path as well.

“This is just another resource we are offering for our scholars,” said Hurd. “It is a very incentivized program. They get gift cards for filling out the application; they get gift cards for actually applying to a job. They also have a mentor program where they bring in mentors to work with the scholars.”

She said the initial group of scholars participating in the program was comprised ofboth ninth-graders and tenth-graders, and noted that additional scholars can sign up for the program at any time.

“We will meet every Friday during the PM Advisory, starting this Friday,” she said. “Enrollment is open to all high school scholars. They can join at any time, they just need to contact me or Jenny Chism for an application and then we will help them through the process from there.”