*EMPOWERING ADULTS: Lifeskills Workshops for Young Single Moms
Overview: Mentor young (18 – 24), single mothers on wellness and life-skills through interactive & engaging workshop activities.
Program Mission: PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) is a California-wide nonprofit agency that has been dedicated to ending homelessness for individuals, families, and communities since 1984. We operate over 25 locations from San Jose down to San Diego, including multiple interim housing facilities, case management offices, and permanent supportive housing sites throughout Los Angeles County. We have permanently housed over 7,500 families, Veterans, and chronically homeless adults since 2013, and we have set the ambitious but attainable goal of housing 10,000 by 2020. But we cannot do this alone.
We are looking for committed volunteers to help clients from PATH’s family interim facility in Mid-City develop the necessary skills to obtain and maintain successful careers, financial stability, and the health and wellness necessary to become thriving adults and avoid returning to the cycle of homelessness.
PATH Gramercy is a six-month program that provides 15 interim housing units for young single mothers experiencing homelessness in the Metro LA area. The program provides resident families with personalized case management, counseling, educational assistance, job training & referrals, “Mommy and Me” group sessions, and on-site licensed childcare.
The majority of these young women (18 to 24 y/o) are former foster youth who have not had the benefit of family-based support systems to guide them as they transition into adulthood. The objective of the workshops is to better equip the young mothers with valuable knowledge, practical skills, and hands-on strategies that improve their self-esteem, confidence, and ability to navigate life successfully.
Volunteer Project: Volunteers will present information about different life-skills topics and lead interactive projects for groups of young, single mothers in a positive and fun learning environment. Working collaboratively with the Project Leader, volunteers will provide instruction, insight and advice as well as guide experiential learning activities such as role-plays, educational games, or group discussions on their designated life-skills topic.
Topics we are looking for instructors/facilitator for include, but are not limited to: Stress management (yoga, mindfulness meditation, organizational skills, journaling, art), job acquisition (resume writing, interview skills, negotiating a salary, social media considerations), financial literacy (creating a budget, improving credit, managing savings), health and wellness (alcohol/drug education, sexual health, healthy relationships, body image, fitness on a budget), and communication skills (assertive communication, negotiation skills, conflict resolution). If you have other ideas or skills you are interested in presenting a workshop for, please contact the Project Leader.
Volunteer Role & Responsibilities: L.A. Works volunteers will engage with the young adults as mentors on the given topic of the day. Working with the Project Leader to develop the agenda/itinerary for the session, volunteers will be responsible for presenting the informational portion of the workshop leading the skill-building activity. Volunteers will be responsible for presenting accurate, up-to-date information and best-practices in the topics they present on. Volunteers will be responsible for maintaining a positive learning environment where the young mothers feel empowered and encouraged.
Volunteers may sign-up to present at an individual workshop presentation or for a repeating-workshop series. Instructional programming is approximately 60 minutes per workshop.
Requirements: While no formal training is necessary, volunteers must be knowledgeable and proficient in the subject matter they are going to present on. Please complete this Google form to fill the project leader in about your specific interests, expertise and availability:
Volunteers are required to arrive at the project early for a short pre-orientation to get familiar with the workshop's topic. The Project Leader will coordinate this with volunteers.
Volunteers must be emotionally mature and patient and be prepared to work with a group of young women who have been through trying experiences
Volunteers for this project must be at least 24 years of age.
Volunteers for this project must also provide a TB test and successfully complete a background check.
Accessibility: L.A. Works firmly believes that we strengthen the social fabric of our community by involving all in service. If you feel you need accommodations to participate in this project please email us at email@example.com.
Upcoming Dates: (all workshops at 6:30pm)
Wednesday, April 18th
Wednesday, May 2nd
Wednesday, May 16th
Wednesday, May 30th
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