Job Training & Leadership
WE OPEN THE DOOR TO GREATER POSSIBILITIES with opportunities to shine
Job hunting can seem overwhelming when, for so long, your focus has been on finding a safe space to sleep at night. That’s why Ozone House created WorkZone, an employment training and paid internship program so homeless or at-risk youth, ages 18-20, can prepare for their first job.
Need skills and a job? At WorkZone, you get job training, a job coach, a case manager and a PAID internship.
Here’s how it works:
The first two weeks is training on:
- Finding a career you are good at
- Finding a job you like
- Resume writing
- Succeeding in your job
- Getting promoted
- Working with your boss
Next is the Internship where you get:
- A 100-hour paid internship at a local business, nonprofit or company
- Meetings and support from others in WorkZone
Throughout the whole program, you meet with:
- A job coach to help you with the internship and your job search
- A case manager to help you with anything else you need, like housing, child care, insurance, food, etc.
EMU College of Business
300 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti
Application deadline TBS at 6pm. Get application.
Three cycles of WorkZone are held each year. If you or someone you know want to apply for WorkZone, please contact Colleen O’Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 734-485-2222.
If you are interested in hosting a WorkZone intern, please contact Pam Cornell-Allen at email@example.com or 734-662-2265.
During our WorkZone sessions we need individuals with experience to assist with developing resumes and participating in mock interviews.
Current volunteer needs: Resume Assistance and mock interviews
“The money I got from my internship helped me to buy food and get housing supplies for living on my own. It also helped me to pay for school.” Eric, WorkZone graduate
Need help now?
Support and resources for youth and those who care about youth are available any time – day or night – CALL (734) 662-2222 or Text “Ozone” to (734) 662-2222 M-TH 10am-7pm and Friday 10am-4pm, or click here to CHAT M-TH 10am-7pm and Friday 10am-4pm.
All Ozone House services are free, voluntary and confidential.
Are you a youth between 13-20 and want to find out about different career paths? Attend a Career Panel. Career Panels take place the third Thursday of the month at the Drop-In Center in Ypsilanti. Stop by at 5pm and meet local professionals who will share their expertise and answer your questions. It is a casual setting with two-way dialog. Perhaps you need some inspiration as you seek your first job or can use some helpful tips that local professionals have learned along the way. Food will be served.
Need leadership skills and work experience?
Each year we have a Street Outreach Team of approximately 5-8 trained Peer Outreach Workers (POW’s). This group is made of up youth, ages 15-19, that demonstrate leadership qualities. They provide homeless and high-risk youth with on-the-street support and information. POWs have an in-depth understanding of Ozone House services and why youth may need these services. If you are interested in becoming a POW, please fill out the workzone application and send it to Scott Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-485-2222. You also must plan to attend the Peer Outreach Worker Institute.
POW Institute. Stay tuned.
The Leadership Institute
The Leadership Institute is a one week program, offered twice per year, based at the Drop-In Center. This program offers young people an opportunity to participate in workshops on topics like public speaking, personal finance and credit management, creative expression, team building, community resources, and education. Youth are involved in all aspects of the Institute, from planning to implementation.
The Leadership Institute will:
- Offer enhanced leadership and community engagement opportunities for high-risk youth ages 13-18 in Washtenaw County
- Build confidence and self-esteem
- Increase youth’s safety
- Enhance financial literacy and other life skills
- Enable and empower youth to pursue employment opportunities