TFA Helps Nonprofits Reach Out to Communities
What does it take to get a job these days? To be hired for a job, most people need computer skills, information about job opportunities, access to online job searches, and help with resume creation and the interview process. Technology For All has partnered with SER Jobs For Progress in making life changing opportunities for those who are seeking jobs.
TFA loaned 30 laptop computers to SER for skills training of all kinds to Houston area adults and youth to help them become successful in the workplace. SER offers many programs in their office in Houston's East End, but most of their work takes place in other communities across greater Houston. Houston transportation does not reach all areas of the city, so it is difficult for clients to travel to SER's office. By using TFA's mobile laptop lab, SER serves hundreds of people throughout the area.
BankWork$ is an eight week SER program which trains adults to be bank tellers or entry-level bankers. An average of 85% of students are employed by local banks upon conclusion of the training program. Imicuk Loyuk, SER Special Projects-Program Coordinator, stated that these clients are amazed that they are hired and embarking on a career path after only two months of training. One BankWork$ student, Douglas Wynhoff, was hired by Wells Fargo as a personal banker after completing the training. Douglas said, "there are people out there who do care. It matters to them. They want to see people not only succeed, but to be happy." Douglas was able to complete BankWork$ training because of access to TFA computers.
The This Way Ahead program is sponsored by the GAP Foundation. Using TFA computers, youth are trained on office skills, preparation for interveiws, and application writing, and are placed in GAP stores for 10 weeks. Generally, 50% of these youth are hired by local GAP stores.
Other youth programs include Hire Houston Youth, sponsorsed by Mayor Turner's office, and the City of Houston Summer Job Program. Over 450 youth have completed the eight week program since 2014, which placed them in city jobs such as the fire department, police department, Mayor's office and City Council. Most of these students returned to school after the program concluded, but were able to learn office skills on the TFA computers and experience a working environment in many capacities.
SER offers many other programs which include computer training for different types and levels of jobs. Through the use of TFA's mobile computer lab, SER has been able to re-examine Houston's needs. They now provide "serving opportunities" for the unemployed by reaching out into communities instead of waiting for them to come to their office for training.
TFA's mobile laptop lab is also used once per month in partnership with the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative, Justice For Our Neighbors, and Tahirih Justice Center to support volunteer lawyers assisting immigrants seeking asylum in the United States.
By making a gift today, you can help TFA make a difference in the lives of those requiring work skills training, and free immigration services by partnering with other nonprofits. Thank you for your support!