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
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
Address: 4160 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Second Chances (Operated by Franklin City Public Schools)
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
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: Janice Rothberg
Phone: (757) 200-9145
Fax: (757) 464-2287
Address: 5301 Robin Hood Road, Suite 100, 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: Julius Norman
Phone: (757) 314-1695
Fax: (757) 314-1483
Address: 201 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510
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
Address: 23450 Southampton Parkway, Courtland, VA 23837
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Youth Career Academy – Job Skills Training Program (Operated by Tidewater Community College)
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
Address: 350 Granby Street, Room 3410, Norfolk, Virginia 23510
BRIDGE-Plus Program (Operated by Tidewater Community College Portsmouth Campus)
Serves: Portsmouth and surrounding areas
Tidewater Community College’s Portsmouth Campus BRIDGE-Plus Program serves young adults (ages 16-24) who did not complete high school and/or are Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) eligible Out of School Youth. In a condensed 9-month format, program participants are co-enrolled in the GED/Adult Education Program and Tidewater Community College-Portsmouth Campus, earning college credit and certifications related to a targeted industry. More specifically, the program will provide GED Prep, a college success skills course (SDV), classroom occupational skills training, internship on-the-job training and a workforce credential to prepare participants for certification and job attainment. Participants explore career paths and obtain short-term occupational training in fields including Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Welding, Pharmacy Tech, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), CompTIA A+ certification, and Medical Billing and Coding. The BRIDGE-Plus Program allows participants to take part in a paid internship and receive monetary incentives as they complete certain program milestones.
Contact: Okema Bowers, Ed.D.
Address: 120 Campus Drive, Portsmouth, VA 23701
OSY Career Connections (Operated by Virginia Beach City Public Schools)
Serves: Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach City Public Schools Out-of-School Youth Program serves young people residing in Virginia Beach who are disconnected from the education system and the workforce. Components of the program include personal social development, educational achievement services (GED), career and life skills instruction, financial literacy education, college courses to earn industry credentials, work experience, and on-the-job-training. Participants are encouraged to pursue certification and career paths in advanced manufacturing, IT, medical coding, and hospitality. The goal of the program is to help students obtain a GED and industry credentials to prepare them for higher education or unsubsidized employment. Students have the opportunity to participate in a summer certification camp where they focus on learning valuable workplace readiness skills and obtaining additional certifications.
Contact: Sara Lockett
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
Address: 861 Glenrock Rd, Suite 135, Norfolk VA 23502