Welcome to Able-Disabled Advocacy’s Career$mart Program for Out-of-School Youth 17-24
mart’s service strategy includes the delivery of a customized array of innovative and contextualized learning activities that are necessary to enhance youth motivation, engagement and program completion. A comprehensive array of program activities includes, but is not limited to: Vocational Training; Basic Skills & ESL Upgrading; Substance Abuse Education & Counseling; Mental Health Services; Fundamental Computer Training; Financial Management Training; Housing Assistance; Work Readiness Training; Extensive Postsecondary Preparation; and Job Placement Services.
Vocational training consists of 320-460 hours of classroom and hands-on instruction, depending on each youth’s occupational choice. Career pathways include: Construction
; Information & Communications Technology
; Business Services
; and Healthcare
Professional Certifications Offered:
- AFL-CIO’s Multi-Craft Core Curriculum Certification (MC3)
- Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
- Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3)
- CompTIA A+
- State-Certified Medical Assistant
To help alleviate financial barriers, weekly stipends @ $50/week for 10 weeks of vocational training
will be paid to each youth. Youth will also participate in paid work experience
following training and will receive bus passes
and financial incentives
to acknowledge their progress in education and training.
Each youth will receive professional assistance in managing disability issues, resolving legal issues, parenting, HIV, domestic violence, physical abuse and sexual trauma, etc. Case managers will also assist youth with applying for TANF, CalFresh, SSI, County Mental Health and County Medical Services, obtaining financial aid for advanced education and much more.
Key collaborators include the San Diego Building & Construction Trades Council; the Association of Rehabilitation Programs in Computer Technology; Skillsoft; San Diego County Office of Education Juvenile Court and Community Schools; San Diego Unified School District’s TRACE Program; County of San Diego Department of Probation; State of California Department of Rehabilitation; California College San Diego; University of California San Diego; and numerous other public agencies and community-based organizations.
Denise Yoggerst, Program Director
Tabatha Trotter, Case Manager
3275 Market St., Suite 101
San Diego, CA 92102
Career$mart is funded in full by the San Diego Workforce Partnership