The WAGEES20 Program provides case management to justice-involved young adults age 18-24, helping participants navigate pathways to higher education and careers. Clients can work with our team for up to a year and have the opportunity to receive incentives when milestones are reached.
Our WAGEES20 team offers the following services:
- GED and high school diploma completion
- Community college enrollment guidance
- Financial Aid assistance
- Job development and training strategies
- Job certification opportunities
- Resume building and interview skills
- Employment placement and retention strategies
- Credit recovery process
- Addressing healthcare needs
- Access to mental health services
- Access to substance use services
In addition to the above services, our staff help program participants acquire what they need for their jobs or training such as equipment, clothing, transportation assistance, educational fees and linkage to housing on a case-by-case basis. All justice-involved youth are welcome to participate including those who have dropped out of high school.
Primary focus is to provide participants the opportunity to attend community college ad receive financial aid opportunities to continue their post secondary education
“Client Phillip Garnier enrolled into the WAGEES program on February 17, 2021. Phillip was released from prison in early February knowing that his life needed to change. Phillip came to WAGEES with no job or a place to stay. Upon his enrollment, Phillip had several life changing episodes that made him want to succeed in life and overcome his status as a sex offender. Phillip was very active in the WAGEES program receiving his flagger and forklift certifications. With these certifications he found full-time employment which provided a new sense of stability for him. Being employed, Phillip was able to find housing and maintained stability. Phillip is currently working full-time for a flagger company that has a full work schedule and is making a very comfortable living wage. As a result of his hard work, he will be successfully dismissed from the program with numerous credentials and stable employment. Phillip has gone beyond his means to making sure the opportunities he received were greatly appreciated. Phillip has been an ideal client and role model for the WAGEES program at Servicios de La Raza.”