Face Forward

feature - face forwardCONNECTING THE NEXT GENERATION TO A GREAT CAREER PATH

Face Forward provides customized, intentional support to help at-risk young people who have had minor encounters with the juvenile justice system. Participants receive the education and job training they need to progress toward a great career. Our goal is to help the next generation of workers explore their strengths and abilities by connecting great opportunities and great people.

WHY DOES IT MATTER?
Changing a young person’s trajectory in life is critical to breaking the generational cycle of poverty, unemployment and poor life choices. Face Forward serves young adults ages 16-24 in highly distressed areas of Knoxville with high crime, high poverty and high unemployment rates. Mentoring is a proven lever for improved academic and life achievements. Young adults in caring mentoring relationships are:

  • 56% more likely to stay in school and complete homework assignments
  • 46% less likely to start using drugs
  • 52% less likely to skip school
  • 64% more confident in their abilities
  • 55% more likely to enroll in college
  • Have overall higher levels of self-worth and self-esteem than their peers
  • Have more positive perceptions about their ability to make friends
  • Are less likely to be in alternative education programs
  • Feel more connected to school, community, and family.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
Judicial diversion or expungement allows participant’s juvenile record to be cleared; ensuring their future career options are not jeopardized. Then participants go through a series of steps:

FF Steps

WHAT CAN YOU DO?
The most impactful element for our participants is the relationships built with our partners – mentors and employers just like you.  Mentoring is simply investing in someone else’s life.

You can work one-on-one or within small groups helping multiple participants. Many successful people have mentors that they look to for encouragement and advice. Bill Gates has a mentor… Warren Buffet. Ralph Waldo Emerson was a mentor to Henry David Thoreau. Jack Nicklaus is a mentor to Sergio Garcia. Theodore Roosevelt was a mentor to William Howard Taft. There are many, many more such examples!

If you are interested in mentoring and investing in the life of a young person, contact us.

 

 

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The Face Forward program is funded by the Department of Labor.