Beginning in the summer of 2013, the Henderson County Youth Essentials for Success (YES), and the McNairy County Adult Education Center, will combine to help lead an Out of School Youth mentoring, leadership, and transitioning program.
The YES program staff will work closely with the students, developing a challenging Action Plan for each student. The Action Plan will outline the services to be offered, with the primary goals of: preparing for and attaining a GED Diploma; entering employment or post-secondary education; and gaining literacy and numeracy skills.
Orientation sessions will be held on an individual and group basis at the time of enrollment. Students will participate in organized and individual instruction opportunities. Eligible students will also have the opportunity to participate in a work experience program, with the goal of finding and maintaining an unsubsidized job or unsubsidized, voluntary internship/externship before completion of the program. Follow-up services will continue for twelve months after participation in the program and will be completed by the program staff.
The McNairy County Adult Education Center seeks to implement an Out of School Youth Program (OSY) where youth ages 17-21 will receive job and life skills training, attend GED preparation class, and be assisted in gaining employment. The OSY program hopes to provide students with a second chance to get an education, experience positive role models, receive counseling/guidance, and become productive citizens.
The OSY students will be encouraged to seek additional education/training to better prepare them to enter the increasingly competitive job market. Motivational guest speakers from colleges, technology centers, and other educational/training centers will be invited to conduct on site presentations supplying the students with information about the availability of additional training/education beyond the GED.