Our Vision . . .
To have teenagers influence their community to be more aware of the risk factors of cardiovascular disease, and to teach skills to combat against cardiovascular diseases that their community face.
Our Goals . . .
- To help teenagers gain knowledge and skills for heart healthy living and habits.
- To help teenagers recognize the problem that cardiovascular diseases pose to many families in Philadelphia.
Our Program . . .
This is a 12 weeks program. 8 of those weeks focus on helping teens build skills and healthy habits through cooking skills, nutritional education, resilience, and physical fitness. Through yoga and physical fitness, teens learn different ways to reduce stress in their lives. The final 4 weeks of the program is dedicated to helping the teenagers develop leadership and community outreach skills. They get a chance to participate in a Teen Battle Chef contest, and are also introduced to several resources in the community.
Our Partners . . .
Philadelphia Solar Career Move
The Solar Career Move Program is funded through the Green Jobs Innovation Fund grant from the U.S. Department of Labor and is a part of the Jobs for the Future Greenways Initative which funds training programs in Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, Seattle, Washington DC and Philadelphia. As a part of this program, 160 men and women who qualify will receive free training in Solar PV Installation, Solar Sales and Advanced Solar Design.
- Job Placement Rate – 85%.
- Of those, 92% reached six-month job retention.
- Average starting wage was $20.40 for men and $33.41 for women.
Green Jobs Readiness Partnership
The Green Job Readiness Partnership provides workforce literacy, occupational skills training, job readiness and support to connect low skilled workers with careers in the solar energy, energy efficiency and construction/deconstruction sectors. The program serves the high poverty neighborhoods of Point Breeze, South Philadelphia and Southwest Philadelphia.
At of the close of 2011:
- GJRP enrolled 136 participants of which:
- 113 completed a nine-week basic skills contextualized literacy training program.
- Mean increase in grade levels from pretest to posttest were:
- 2.08 grade levels for Reading Comprehension.
- 3.17 for Computational Math
- 2.62 for Applied Math
- 3 entered into occupational skills training in green construction, building maintenance, solar PV installation or foam insulation installation and/or other weatherization techniques.
- 87 have completed occupational training to date of which:
- 1 received industry-accepted credentials.
- 39 have entered employment with 23 of those in training-related jobs.
- The others remain in training or are receiving support toward employment.
- JRP has leveraged $476,613.00 in additional funds to support the work of this project.
- GJRP will receive an eight month extension and an additional $100,000.00 in funding from the lead agency, Jobs for the Future.
Through our partnership with Tomorrow’s Promise, Inc. (TPI), a hard skills construction hands-on training program:
- 49 were trained in basic construction & building maintenance, of which:
- 5 received OSHA 10 Certification
- 28 received certifications for completed modules of the NCCER Carpentry Level One curriculum.
- 13 received Lead Safety Certifications
- Trainees built 10 new structures & improved three existing structures in low-income neighborhoods, valued at $244,255.00 worth of construction at market value.