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Elevate Program

Virtual Workshops to help at-risk young adults cultivate job skills 

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Help support young adults (ages 17 to 24) accepted into the Elevate Program, a career mentorship program run by Los Angeles County.

 

About the Elevate Program

The program supports young adults in Los Angeles who have gone through foster care, experienced homelessness or have been impacted by the justice system, giving them skills they can use and immediately apply to their next job.

If you had someone help you with these questions or remember how you found the answers on your own,

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Click Below to Register for the Date(s) You Can Volunteer!

VOLUNTEER ROLES NEEDED:

We’re recruiting volunteers who can participate in one or more workshops during the series.

 

You may sign up for a single workshop or multiple workshops. It is up to you!

You will receive video training that you can complete on your own time in the week leading up to your workshop.  You will have the support of staff to answer questions before the workshop and staff leading the workshop curriculum so that you only need to focus on imparting your personal experience to applicants who are eager to hear from you.

THE WHAT TO EXPECT AS AN ELEVATE VOLUNTEER:

After signing up, the Week of your Workshop, you will receive the following emails -  

  • A Monday email with our 15-minute training and Zoom link. 

  • A Tuesday email with the same training and Zoom link with additional workshop materials.  You do not have to study these materials, but we make them available if you’d like to look them over. 

  • An orientation and staff support session starts at 2 pm before each workshop. All volunteers are welcome to attend or wait and log in for the 2:45 pm time slot.

 

The Volunteer's role

at the Workshop: 
Staff will lead the workshop, and volunteers will lead the breakout rooms with staff support. The staff presentation will introduce the topic and start the conversation, and from there, your breakout rooms are a continuation of that conversation.   

 

About the Elevate Program

The program provides support to young adults in Los Angeles who have gone through foster care, experienced homelessness or have been impacted by the justice system, giving them skills they can use and immediately apply to their next job.

Each Elevate young adult receives training and employment placement leading up to L.A. Works' Workforce Development workshops.  Then, volunteers like yourself will participate in L.A. Works' curriculum to give participants new career skills they can apply the next work day.  In less than 2 hours, your time in these workshops help pay dividends in our community for generations to come!

Elevate Program Mission

It is our mission that these workshops help these young adults keep their employment and advance in the future. This is the support and guidance that so many young adults struggle to find, and each of your volunteer hours can make all the difference.

This project is part of L.A. Works' Workforce Development initiative, which strives to support underserved Angelenos who are seeking genuine help and guidance with career and job skills.  We’re here to support young adults who have not yet found a way to access mentorship or support regarding their potential, career opportunities, and future.  If you had someone help you with these questions or remember how you found the answers on your own, please consider passing that knowledge on to others!

QUESTIONS?
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GOAL SETTING

Wednesday, 07.17.2024, 2:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Orientation & Support for New Mentors Begins at 2 pm

Led and supported by staff, you will teach applicants how to set short and long-term goals, and together, we will equip them with tools to achieve those goals.

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WORKPLACE BEHAVIOR, 
REMOTE WORK CULTURE &
SELF-ADVOCATING

Wednesday, 07.24.2024, 2:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Orientation & Support for New Mentors Begins at 2 pm

Led and supported by staff, you will work with applicants on how to conduct themselves in the workplace professionally.  They will also learn their employment rights and how to advocate for themselves if their rights are violated.

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WORKING WITH DIFFERENT
PERSONALITY TYPES

Wednesday, 07.31.2024, 2:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Orientation & Support for New Mentors Begins at 2 pm

Led and supported by staff, you will help applicants understand the different personality types they may encounter and how to work harmoniously with various types of people.

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WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION
& PUBLIC SPEAKING

Wednesday, 08.07.2024, 2:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Orientation & Support for New Mentors Begins at 2 pm

Led and supported by staff, you will work with participants on tips and tricks for public speaking and how to utilize communication skills in professional settings.

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NETWORKING & ELEVATOR PITCHES

Wednesday, 08.14.2024, 2:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Orientation & Support for New Mentors Begins at 2 pm

Led and supported by staff, you will work with participants on in-person networking skills and how to connect with people in their career fields of interest.

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CAREER DAY

Wednesday, 08.21.2024, 2:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Orientation & Support for New Mentors Begins at 2 pm

Led and supported by staff, this workshop will need two tiers of volunteers - a small group to serve as panelists who will give a brief description of their career path.  Then, a larger need for volunteers to aid the panelists in sharing their experience in greater depth and furthering the discussion in breakout rooms so the participants gain career knowledge. 

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FINANCIAL LITERACY PART 1:
BUDGETING INCOME

Wednesday, 08.28.2024, 2:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Orientation & Support for New Mentors Begins at 2 pm

Led and supported by staff, you will help participants learn budgeting skills along with key terms to help them understand their paychecks and how to achieve financial success. 

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FINANCIAL LITERACY PART 2:
SAVING AND INVESTING

Wednesday, 09.04.2024, 2:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Orientation & Support for New Mentors Begins at 2 pm

Led and supported by staff, you will help participants learn about saving, investing, and common financial terms to help them manage their financial future. 

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HOW TO CONDUCT
A SUCCESSFUL JOB SEARCH

Wednesday, 09.11.2024, 2:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Orientation & Support for New Mentors Begins at 2 pm

Led and supported by staff, participants learn how to properly fill out a job application and stand out amongst other candidates. Help share an overview of the job search process, methods of finding work, and tools for successful job hunt.

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PAVING YOUR OWN PATH:
FROM IDEA TO INCOME

Wednesday, 09.18.2024, 2:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Orientation & Support for New Mentors Begins at 2 pm

Led and supported by staff, participants will learn how to use their talent and skills to create small business ventures and the reality of starting a small business.

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RESUMES, COVER LETTERS, & BEYOND

Wednesday, 09.25.2024, 2:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Orientation & Support for New Mentors Begins at 2 pm

Led and supported by staff, you will help participants who will be given tips and tricks on crafting or editing a resume. Participants will also learn the importance of a cover letter and be guided on how to use their voice and story to connect them to the job they are applying for.

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INTERVIEWING LIKE A PRO

Wednesday, 10.02.2024, 2:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Orientation & Support for New Mentors Begins at 2 pm

Led and supported by staff, you will help participants learn best practices for interviewing, reinforced through witnessing and participating in mock interviews.

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PREPARING FOR THE LONG HAUL

Wednesday, 10.09.2024, 2:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Orientation & Support for New Mentors Begins at 2 pm

Led and supported by staff, you will help participants reflect on the goals they set in the first workshop, along with learning emotional tools to help them lead healthy and successful lives while on their career journey.

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