Out Of School Programs

SEEK (Social & Economic Empowerment through Knowledge) Program (Operated by Building Blocks Services, LLC)

Serves: Norfolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach

The SEEK program serves out of school youth between the ages of 18 – 24. Participants are afforded an opportunity to receive a National Pharmacy Technician certification, develop job search skills, and prepare for the next steps in their education. Additional academic assistance is offered to the youth as they prepare for the certification exam. The learners are provided training regarding life skills, financial and digital literacy while constantly developing interpersonal skills. This 3 month program allows the participants to take part in a paid internship and receive monetary incentives as they complete certain program milestones.
Contact: Valerie Turner
Phone: 757-588-4968
Fax: 757-531-4968
Email: VTurner@BuildingBlocksServices.com
Website: www.BuildingBlocksServices.com
Address: 3175 Azalea Garden Rd. Ste. D Norfolk, VA 23513

Virginia Beach City Public Schools Foundations Transition Program (Operated by the Adult Learning Center)

Serves: Southside Hampton Roads
The Virginia Beach Adult Learning Center’s Foundations Transition Program supports out-of-school youth between the ages of 18 and 24 with the opportunity to enhance their lives through personal growth, life skills instruction, and career development. In addition, this program supports youth with GED® preparation, tutoring, workplace readiness skills, and paid work experience. Participants are able to attend college tours, meet with military recruiters, attend career fairs, and participate in a variety of workshops while enrolled in the program.

Contact: Lisa Belcher
Phone: 757-648-6066
Fax: 757-306-0999
Email: lisa.belcher@VBSchools.com
Website: www.adultlearning.vbschools.com
Address: 4160 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Second Chances (Operated by Franklin City Public Schools)

Serves: Franklin

This program targets out of school youth ages 16-24. The purpose of the program is to help students earn their GED. The program is delivered in partnership with the local GED or high school ISAEP programs. Tutors assist participants with gaining the knowledge necessary to obtain their GEDs. The program is held at the adult GED site located at J.P. King Middle School and the in school ISAEP (GED) program.

Contact: Ale Massenburg
Phone: 757-562-5187
Fax: 757-562-3656
Email: amassenburg@franklincity.k12.va.us
Website: www.fcpsva.org
Address: 310 Crescent Dr., Franklin, Virginia 23851

Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy Boot Camp Program (Operated by the Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy)
Serves: Isle of Wright, Southampton, Chesapeake, Franklin, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach
The Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy Boot Camp program serves out–of-school youth, young men and women between the ages of 17 ½ and 24 years of age.

This eight week fast-track training program, consists of four weeks of training and a four week paid internship with a Maritime Company. The successful program completer, who secures all required United States Coast Guard (USCG) documents, attends all sessions, and passes all tests, will be recognized as an ORINARY SEAMAN, (OS). Youth will complete Basic Safety Training, Deckhand Familiarization and Deck Seamanship, Vessel Personnel with Specific Security Duties, Crisis Management, Crowd Management and an Introduction course to the Maritime Industry, which includes job seeking skills, resume writing and other skills specific to the industry.

Contact: Lee Goldman
Phone: (757) 200-9195
Fax: (757) 464-2287
Email: LGoldman@mamatrains.com
Address: 5301 Robin Hood Road, Suite 100, Norfolk, VA 23513
Norfolk Open Campus – Bridgescape Learning Academy (BLA) (Operated by Norfolk Public Schools)
Serves: Norfolk

The Bridgescape Learning Academy (BLA) at Open Campus is designed to increase the graduation rates for Norfolk Public Schools (NPS) students. BLA addresses the academic, career and social development of out of school youth who reside in the City of Norfolk. Motivated learners are able to return to school to earn their high school diploma in an environment that allows for a flexible schedule. Participants are provided with tutoring services, paid work experiences and leadership development opportunities.
Contact: Maxie Lee
Phone: 757-852-9021
Fax: 757-852-4632
Email: mlee@listenlearnandlead.com
Website: www.nps.k12.va.us
Address: 1025 Widgeon Rd., Norfolk, VA 23513

Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s (NRHA) Out-of-School Youth Program (Operated by the NRHA)

Serves: Norfolk Subsidized Housing Communities

The NRHA Out-of-School Youth Program will improve educational and employment training opportunities for youth living in Norfolk’s subsidized housing communities. Through the preparation for post-secondary education and/or employment, the targeted youth will receive academic training and support so they can earn a GED, exposure to college/university campuses, appropriate job readiness and training, employment placement, job coaching and continued case management to ensure long term success. NRHA is committed to helping these youth advance towards their highest potential through creating opportunities that promote economic vitality, supporting efforts to achieve self-sufficiency and fostering a path to life-long learning.

Contact: Lucy Major
Phone: (757) 314-1623
Fax: (757) 314-1483
Email: lmajor@nrha.us
Website: www.nrha.us
Address: 201 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

The Pruden Center’s Out-of-School Youth Program Services (Operated by The Pruden Center for Industry and Technology)
Serves: Suffolk and Isle of Wight County
The program provides services to out-of-school youth between the ages of 16-24. Participants are provided opportunities to earn industry-recognized certifications and assistance with preparing for board examinations. Throughout the course of the program, participants take part in paid internships in their area of study. Participants are also given the resources needed to move onto post-secondary education, advanced occupational skills training, a registered apprenticeship program, and the military or unsubsidized employment upon completion of the program.

Contact: Shavonne Perry
Phone: 757-925-5651
Fax: 757-925-5639
Email: shavonneperry@prudencenter.net
Website: http://www.prudencenter.net/
Address: 4169 Pruden Blvd., Suffolk, VA 23434
Career Services Program (Operated by Southampton County Public Schools)
Serves: Southampton County
The Career Services Program serves Out-of-School Youth between 16-24 years of ages who reside in Southampton County. Through effective counseling services, youth participants engage in the identification and selection of potential post-secondary education opportunities. Structured career exploration activities; labor market education and employment options; and work experiences in related careers prepares our youth for today’s emerging workforce. By taking an unconventional approach and fresh perspective, our mission is to revolutionize our community with skilled individuals equipped with the necessary educational and technical components to meet diverse and ever-changing needs for the workforce.

Contact: Desiree Key
Phone: 757-653-2071
Fax: 757-653-9404
Email: dkey@southampton.k12.va.us
Website: http://schools.southampton.k12.va.us
Address: 23450 Southampton Parkway, Courtland, VA 23837

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Youth Career Academy – Job Skills Training Program (Operated by Tidewater Community College)

Serves: Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Virginia Beachnurse

The Tidewater Community College’s Job Skills Training Program’s Youth Career Academy is a comprehensive approach to workforce development training and employment for out of school youth with barriers to employment. The training at this time is for Nurse Aides. Comprehensive assessments, intensive counseling, internships, workforce readiness training, pre-secured employment and on-the-job follow-up are all key components of the holistic approach implemented in the Youth Career Academy.

Contact: Evey Fleming
Phone: 757-822-1322
Fax: 757-822-1317
Email: yfleming@tcc.edu
Website: www.tccworkforce.org
Address: 350 Granby Street, Room 3410, Norfolk, Virginia 23510

Workforce Solutions Out-of-School Program (Operated by the Urban League of Hampton Roads

Serves: Southside Hampton Roads

Workforce Solutions Out-of-School Program assists youth between the ages of 18-24 who are not working or attending school. The program helps the youth to upgrade their job skills and education in order to find permanent work or enter into post-secondary education. Participants are enrolled in the program for a period of twelve weeks which includes classroom training and on-the-job training at a work site. The program will partner with Centura College to ensure participants completing the program will have a certification in the field of phlebotomy. Participants will also be exposed to job attainment competencies to ensure they learn how to conduct a job search, develop a resume, gain interviewing skills and effectively complete job applications. CPR training and certification is provided. Participants will also receive life skills training in financial fitness, digital literacy and interpersonal skills training.

Contact: Yvette Young
Phone: 757-627-0864
Fax: 757-966-9613
Email: yvyoung@ulhr.org
Website: www.ulhr.org
Address: 5700 Thurston Ave., Virginia Beach, VA 23455

B.E.S.T. (Benefitting and Enhancing Students Together) Program (Operated by Virginia Beach City Public Schools)
Serves: Virginia Beach
The Virginia Beach City Public Schools B.E.S.T Program supports out-of-school youth between the ages of 16-24 by providing them with several paid opportunities and activities to enhance both their personal and professional resumes in a 12 week program. Students have the opportunity to obtain an N+ Computer Networking Certification through ECPI as well as enrollment into ECPI; a lifework portfolio including a headshot, updated resumes, and work and educational skills from the Together We Can Foundation; and learn all about entrepreneurship and creating your own business through Junior Achievement of Hampton Roads. Participants enroll in this 12 week program for 20 hours a week, and are paid for their work and travel and have the opportunity to graduate from the program with a certification and enrollment into post-secondary education or obtain a job in the workforce.

Contact: Charles Davis
Phone: 757-648-6193
Fax: 757-468-4234
Email: charles.davis@VBSchools.com
Website: http://www.vbschools.com/TCE
Address: 1800 College Crescent, Virginia Beach, VA 23453

Virginia Tidewater Consortium’s (VTC) Outreach Program (Operated by the VTC)

Serves: Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach

VTC’s Outreach Program serves out-of-school youth between 16-24 years of age who reside in the cities of Southside Hampton Roads (Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach). Youth are tested for academic achievement levels and provided with remedial instruction if applicable. Youth receive one-on-one mentoring services focusing on education and employment preparation. Participants have the opportunity to either work towards their GED or enroll in a post-secondary educational program. Other topics addressed include building a resume, interview skills training, assistance with finding and applying to jobs, financial aid information, scholarship sources, work stipend opportunities, and monetary incentives for completing significant program milestones.

Contact: Marie Mogensen
Phone: 757-683-3183
Fax: 757-683-4515
Email: vtcreply@aol.com
Website: http://vtc.odu.edu/outreach/hrop.html
Address: 861 Glenrock Rd, Suite 135, Norfolk VA 23502