Job Training & Leadership




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
  • Interviewing
  • 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.

Dates: TBD

Ozone House
Main facility
1600 N. Huron River Drive, Ypsilanti

Three cycles of WorkZone are held each year.


If you are interested in hosting a WorkZone intern, please contact Pam Cornell-Allen at 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

Please contact Scott Phillips at

“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-5pm and Friday 10am-4pm, or click here to CHAT M-TH 10am-5pm and Friday 10am-4pm.

All Ozone House services are free, voluntary and confidential.

Career Panel

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?

The Peer Outreach will return this Winter

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.

POW Institute. Stay tuned.

pow postcard

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
“Ozone House has been a blessing to me. Through a program called WorkZone, they helped me learn how to do a resume and cover letter, improve my job search skills, get regular and interview clothes and even find a job.”WorkZone graduate

At Ozone House I’m learning about how I can boost my self- esteem with positive thoughts, chasing down the negatives.

Former Ozone House client August 6, 2016

Your generous support ensures that we can offer a safe place and support – free of charge –
to hundreds of homeless and runaway youth in our community.

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