The Children's Home’s job readiness and life skills development program is aimed at fostering self-esteem, a positive attitude about education and work, and helping youth take an active role in planning for their futures by acquiring a sense of control over their lives through self-sufficiency. Work Appreciation for Youth or W.A.Y. offers academic assistance and utilizes structured learning to enable youth and young adults to explore a variety of work experiences on and off campus, including such vocations as retail, fast-food, clerical, automotive, operations, and landscaping. W.A.Y. consists of a level system designed to provide participants with the information and “tools” necessary to become self-sufficient, productive members of society. W.A.Y. staff serves as positive role models providing instruction, assistance and guidance throughout the entire process.
Each participant’s achievements are rewarded with increasing autonomy and employment opportunities as they develop self-confidence, marketable skills, and an appreciation for academic and employment success. Through their W.A.Y. experience, at-risk and aging-out youth obtain the knowledge and ability to make constructive life choices which are vital to their success and survival after leaving The Children’s Home.
Currently we have several youth working throughout the community in paid internships through partnership established with local businesses. Our focus is to create real workplace opportunities for youth to explore their varied career interest and gain valuable knowledge through hands-on experiential learning. TCH youth are employed at local child care centers, automotive repair shops, fast-food chains, medical offices, retailers, assisted living facilities, as well as other business.