By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer
Angela Lots said she’s thrilled that another major funder is providing support for the HYPE (Helping Young People to Employment) job program. Lots is the founder of Faith Foundation Resources (FFR), a local nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to providing, low income and at-risk individuals tools to get to the next stage in life. HYPE is the organization’s flagship program that provides professional career and educational training skills to youth and young adults ages 16-24. The Ruth Mott Foundation recently awarded Faith Foundation Resources a one-year $65,000 grant to support the HYPE program, which has helped dozens of Flint youth obtain employment.
“We’re grateful for the support we’ve received from the Ruth Mott Foundation,” said Lots. “This grant will help us prepare even more Flint area youth for today’s job market.
HYPE is a job-readiness and financial literacy program that was started by Faith Foundation Resources in 2011 as a response to the gap in training that young people experience before entering the workforce. The professional development team conducts an eight-week training program that culminates in each program participant being interviewed for a real job by a hiring manager. Lots said the program has more than a ninety-five percent placement rate with students finding gainful employment following completion of the eight-week program.
Earlier this year, Faith Foundation Resources received a one-year $50,000 grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to support HYPE. For more information about upcoming HYPE classes and program content, visit www.faithfoundationresources.org.