Area Employers Partner To Help Young Men Obtain Gainful Employment

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

Area Employers Partner To Help Young Men Obtain Gainful Employment

October 10, 2013 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 2:01 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Local community and employment leaders gathered Thursday at Parkview Hospital Randallia to announce a new initiative aimed at helping at-risk male adults secure and maintain long-term employment.

‘Securing Confidence On the Road to Employment’ or S.C.O.R.E. will focus on helping young men build key skills in performance, behavior, attendance, faith, fatherhood and family life.

“There are a number of factors that can lead to getting young individuals off the street and on the road to success,” said John Dortch, president and CEO, The Preston Joan Group, Inc. “Employment is one of the main factors and we believe that helping these men get the opportunity they need to succeed, we can help make a positive difference in our community.”

Local employers including Parkview Health, Sweetwater Sound, Alexin LLC and others have agreed to employ at least two individuals identified by S.C.O.R.E. leaders. Committee members will first screen participants using strict criteria. Committee members are made up of different community members from local businesses, law enforcement agencies and religious institutions. After meeting the required qualifications and criteria, S.C.O.R.E. leaders will work with the participating employers in an effort to best identify the right opportunity for employment.

“Obtaining gainful employment can provide a number of positive opportunities for young individuals,” said Ben Miles, vice president of operations, Parkview Hospital Randallia. “It’s that ‘foot-in-the-door’ opportunity that can turn someone’s life around and this initiative will help do just that.”

Chuck Surack, president and CEO of Sweewater Sound and Tom Horter, president and CEO of Alexin LLC share a similar sentiment when it comes to the importance of a program like this in the community.

“Alexin is privileged to be a part of S.C.O.R.E. and we always enjoy serving our community which has served us so well,” said Tom Horter, president and CEO, Alexin LLC. “This is the right thing to do for the participants and we look forward to helping them take on this new challenge which will lead to financial independence and security.”

Criteria that the participants must meet are identified as:

•18 – 30 years of age
•Must pass a drug test
•Willing to attend post training/employment sessions six times during first year of employment
•Willing to comply with companies’ policies, practices and procedures
•Understanding that attendance, performance or behavior issues may result in corrective action including potential dismissal from program

After individuals are hired, they will be required to attend up to six meetings the first year. Meetings will be held in a group session format and discussions will include:

•How to keep a job
•Avoiding performance, behavior or attendance issues

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