Though we are now in a new year, the mission remains the same for the Vocational Placement Program (VPP). To place youth in sustainable work where they can be successful. It’s what drives the program at Hosea and because we believe that every youth deserves a chance to change their life, we will keep working to do our part in helping them create a life away from the streets.

2018 will be a year in which we continue to build upon the success that we’ve had thus far with the VPP and push forward in areas where we can grow. We have seen the fruit that has come from providing youth with work opportunities through our community partners paired with the support of mentors, volunteers, interns, and staff at Hosea. Therefore, we will seek to acquire more partnerships and opportunities for youth in the VPP. This spring specifically will mark an exciting time in the course of the VPP as we roll out some new ways in which youth will be able to access job training and education through the Direct Services portion of the VPP.

For many of the youth we serve, employment and developing themselves in a job setting has been a far off reality at best. However, with the VPP, youth can begin to dream about a career and make the moves needed to start working towards the lives they desire. This begins with working on some of the basic skills needed to maintain employment and prepare for their next steps professionally. It’s a long road and difficult at times, but it’s worth it in the end.

It’s something that takes a community of people with the same mission; to see these youth prepared, employed, and off of the streets.

We’ve seen how its worked this past year and we can’t wait to see what 2018 brings.

If you’d like to know more about the Vocational Placement Program or would like to partner with us in providing job education, training, or placement for the youth in the VPP, please contact me at ryanarel.hys@gmail.com.

Blessings,

Ryan Arel