WHAT IS THE KEYS PROGRAM?
Knowledge Equals Youth Success (KEYS) Program is a part of the Youth Services division of EPG. Our programs are designed to provide young adults 18-24 years old with the necessary tools to become competitive in the workforce. KEYS provides career pathways, credential attainment, and supportive services to those who may face barriers to employment.
KEYS Program operates in four (4) phases.
HOW DOES THE KEYS PROGRAM WORK?
- Phase 1: Pre-Enrollment & Observation
Eligibility and program readiness interview and assessments.
- Phase 2: Employability Seminars & Remediation
For eight (8) weeks, participants attend intensive paid Employability Skills Seminars. Our curriculum is specifically designed to build the skills necessary to attain and maintain employment. Participants may also be required to attend academic remediation in either reading, mathematics or both to improve their basic skills.
- Phase 3: Internship/Training
After successfully completing Phase 2, participants may be placed in either a 10-week, paid internship or a training program paid for by the KEYS program. Participants are supported by a job coach and KEYS team throughout this phase. Training is currently provided in, but not limited to: Retail /Hospitality/Warehouse Services, Administrative Services, Information Technology, Healthcare and Construction Services.
- Phase 4: Placement
Placement is determined by a participant’s education level, aptitude, and interest.
KEYS Program Participants Must:
- Be 18-24 years old
- Be a Prince George’s county resident
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent
- Not be in college
- Not have a full-time job
To qualify youth must be economically disadvantaged and they must be able to identify with one of the following barriers to participate in the KEYS Program:
- Needs assistance with securing and maintaining a job or completing a training program
- Deficient Literacy Skills (math/reading)
- Homeless or Foster Child
- Pregnant or Parenting
- Involvement with the Justice System
- Has a documented Disability
- Never worked or lacks necessary Work Readiness Skills to acquire employment
Throughout each phase, KEYS program staff offers wraparound services including: Creation of an employment plan, transportation support, job coaching, mental health referrals, substance abuse referrals, housing referrals, clothing or uniform assistance, financial counseling, and much more!