Youth Employment

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MISSION: To respond to the employment needs of Racine's disadvantaged youth in order ot enhance their self worth and to build stronger families and a stronger community.

The Youth Employment Task Force and its focus on disadvantaged youth came into being as one of two issues identified at the March 18, 2010, RIC Spring Issues Assembly. Since then, the task force has held monthly meetings.

The group began by identifying programs in our community addressing the issue of youth employment. These programs include:

  • Abundant Life Christian Center ...... Rev. Elliot Cohen

  • Caesar Chavez House ...... Father Bruce Clanton

  • Careers Industries ...... Joe Greene

  • Human Capital Development Corporation ...... Ola Baiyewu (Executive Director)

  • Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) ...... Cynthia Goss

  • Professional Service Group ...... Dan Baran (local director)

  • Racine and Kenosha Counties Youth and Family Services ...... Debra McLemore

  • Racine Vocational Ministry (RVM) ...... Jim Schatzman (Executive Director)

  • RUSD Homeless Program ...... Elizabeth Erven (Program Coordinator)

  • Safe Passages ...... Melissa Robinson (Executive Director)

  • Workforce Development Center ...... Crystal McCollum (Youth Team Leader)


At this point, we have concluded that:

There are many agencies providing/focusing on employment; These agencies seem to work together and know about each other; and The Workforce Development Center seems to be the hub of these programs.

Finally, after identifying the programs available in southeastern Wisconsin, the Task Force will focus on identifying where RIC and the twenty RIC congregations can fit in addressing these issues. Some possible activities include...

  • Providing mentors for youth participating in youth employment programs;

  • Providing classroom space in our religious facilities for youth employment programs;

  • Identifying additional youth employment agencies and programs;

  • Working with the Youth Team Leader at the Workforce Development Center as the largest agency addressing this issue; and,

  • Facilitating non-high school graduates in completing their GEDs.


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