The Future Workers of Northwest Indiana is a program created by one simple question.
"Why do you want this job?"
The applicant's answer: 'Because my mom is going to throw me out when I turn 18."
When this situation was presented to the vice principal at the applicant's school, his reply was: "He is not the only one."
So from this unfortunate experience, it became a project to help bridge the gap between school and the workforce.
We spoke to employers to find out what they were looking for.
We collaborated on the experiences we had, we decided to do something about it.
We developed an interactive workshop
that helps young men and women prepare for the employment searches ahead. We go over resume writing, professionalism, interview etiquette, financial literacy, and much more.
Our goal is for the program to come full circle, and when we acquire our own building we can integrate Future Workers of NWI with an animal shelter. This gives us the opportunity to observe and mentor the participants as well as to provide them with work experience. The animals will be cared for while waiting for their adopters to arrive.