This intensive, twenty-five hour per week training program focuses on helping young people gain the job readiness and retention skills and other skills that will prepare them to be successful in the work place, as parents, and in life.
The program consists of six basic components:
- Job Readiness Activities
- Inter-personal Skills
These six components, while representing a general framework, are balanced through a schedule that is individualized for each participant.
Participants spend the bulk of their hours in Learning Together at an on-the-job placement doing childcare, clerical work or food service at the Center. The focus is on learning how to get along with co-workers, how to take supervision, how to be reliable and dependable and able to avoid distractions while on the job. The remainder of program time is spent in a variety of classes, groups and private academic or counseling sessions.
The program serves as an alternative education site for the four Addison County high schools, so that those who need their diploma may earn credit towards graduation during their Learning Together hours.
The program also focuses on parenting skills. For the first time, many of these young people experience what it feels like to be part of a healthy family.
Through a grant from the federal Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Programs, Addison County had the opportunity to provide the technical assistance that enabled Learning Together to be replicated in the other Vermont Parent/Child Centers. Now this nationally recognized program is available to youth across the state.
The replication manual is available to other communities through the Press Room section of this website.