By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer
The HYPE (Helping Young People to Employment) job program continues to change the lives of area young people. Offered through Faith Foundation Resources, a local nonprofit organization, HYPE is the organization’s flagship program that provides professional career and educational training skills to youth and young adults ages 16-24. A group of area youth recently completed the eight-week training program and has now been placed into jobs with local employers. The success of the program has been recognized by major funders, including the Community Foundation, The Ruth Mott Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Hagerman Foundation, and the City of Flint, which have all provided grant support
“We appreciate our funders and their support of our work,” said Angela Lots, executive director of Faith Foundation Resources. “Our placement rate is above 95 percent, which is important for young people who are hoping to secure their first job,” said Lots.
HYPE teaches important pre-employment skills such as resume writing, how to conduct a job search and interviewing techniques. The program that culminates with each program participant being interviewed for an open job by a local hiring manager. Before students begin their first day at work, they also receive assistance opening a banking account. Lots said it is also important for youth to know how to manage their money once they’ve earned it.
“We provide a comprehensive program that also teaches important money management skills,” said Lots. “We want our graduates to be successful in every area of life,” she said.
This school year, the HYPE program will be offered at four local area schools – Hamady, Flex Academy West and Beecher, the latest high school to onboard the program.
Youth interested in participating in the program may visit the Faith Foundation website (www.faithfoundationresources.org) to sign up or call (810) 766-9335.