Youth Program Partnering at Lorain High School

posted 2/6/18 -- LCCAA's mission to empower Lorain County residents in need makes it an ideal partner for the Lorain County Workforce Development Agency. The newest twist on that partnership targets young men at Lorain High School.

Youth Coordinator Bobby Taylor has formed a working friendship with Jeremy Cordes, Youth Program Manager at Ohio Means Jobs Lorain County, to provide coaching and counseling to students at Lorain High School (LHS). To get started they met with LHS teacher and Coach Matt Kielian who was already leading a Young Men's Group.

"Coach Kielian has gotten their attention and respect by having adult conversations," Taylor said. "He was the perfect contact to expand our mentoring program."

Taylor and Cordes leverage their extensive contacts throughout the county to provide youths with various work experiences, college visits, and life experiences. At Lorain High School, they will focus on mentoring and gaining skills needed for employment.

Some of those services are: Tutoring to help prepare for ACT/SAT/GED Mentoring to help with supporting dreams Career decision-making assistance Paid and unpaid work experience opportunities Incentives for positive progress Access to info about occupational training programs and other supportive service needs "If you give us the time, we will find you something," Cordes continued. "We want to promote emotional maturity and social intelligence. We will keep the students as long as we need to make them successful."

If you are interested in LCCAA's Mentoring Program, register through Ohio Means Jobs Lorain County. The can do that via their by calling 440-284-1806. (You will need your Social Security card and photo ID to sign up.)