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Career Development Intervention

Population
Demographic Information
This program is targeted towards teenagers aging out of the foster care system in state of
Georgia. The number of teens (ages 13-18) in the foster care system as of February 2019 is 3,246
(fostergeorgia.com, 2019). On average 700 teens will age out of the foster care system and of
those 700 and 51% will be unemployed (circleranchinc.org, 2019).

Needs
With 51% of teens in Georgia aging out of the foster care system being unemployed, the key
needs are as follow:
1. Connecting teens to employment opportunities
2. Personality assessment to understand self
3. Skills training related to employment
4. Opportunities to further their education if desired

Obstacles
Obstacles specific to this population in regards to career development after leaving the foster
care system are as follow (youth.gov, 2019):
1. Unstable housing
2. Lack of education
3. Issues with physical and mental health
4. Lack of social support

Objectives
The goal of this program is to serve teens aging out of the foster care system in the state of
Georgia. By the end of this program, the client will:
1. Take assessments that measure personality and areas of interest in regard to future
employment
2. Understand and apply assessment results to their job search
3. Be connected to resources that allow them to receive skills training opportunities for
possible employment (i.e., resumé building workshops, mock interviews, etc.)
4. Be connected to resources to continue their education if desired
5. Be connected to support resources and organizations after leaving the foster care system

Content
In order achieve the listed objectives, the content of the program is as follows:
1. Clients will take the Holland Code Career Test to learn about their personality and jobs
that match it.
a. The assessment will take 10-15 minutes to take
2. Clients will attend a 30-45 minute group seminar giving an overview of the different
results from the Holland Code Career Test (based off of Holland’s RAISEC model) in
order to understand and apply their results to future job opportunities
a. Optional breakout sessions will be offered about each of the individual results
given from the Holland Code Career Test for clients to gain more in-depth
knowledge about their results.
i. Both the group and individual sessions will be led by volunteer
professionals in the career-counseling field
3. Clients will attend a career fair where they can receive further information about different
training opportunities and skill building.
a. Training opportunity information will be provided by different organizations and
professionals in the area who hold and sponsor these opportunities
b. Skill building opportunities such as resumé building and mock interviews will be
provided by professionals in the community who serve as volunteers
4. Clients will have the opportunity to meet with different programs that will help them
further their education if the client desires
a. Programs will be set up in an expo-like setting where clients will be able to walk
up to booths in order to speak to organization representatives
5. Client will have access to information regarding resources for medical, social, and
physical support available to them after leaving the foster care system.

Expected Outcomes
By the end of this program, clients will be able to:
1. Implement their assessment results in their job search
2. Have information regarding and be connected to different job-training opportunities
3. Have connections with ongoing education opportunities
4. Gain social support in areas that will aid them after they leave the foster care system.

Resources Needed
To carry out this program the following resources are needed:
1. Volunteers to help assist clients in directing clients, ensuring information packets are
organized, and assisting with general operations of the program
2. Technology equipment (e.g., computers, sound system, printers, etc.)
3. Volunteer professionals working on a pro-bono basis to assist with various aspects of the
event
a. Licensed Professional Counselors with assessment administration, explanation,
and coaching on job skills
b. Information Technology professionals to assist with technology for the program
c. Licensed Clinical Social Workers to assist clients understand how the foster care
system can aid them after they age out of it
4. Space to hold the program with areas for a career fair setting, an office space for
volunteers and the program director
5. Marketing promotion such flyers, social media posts, advertisements in local schools,
news channels, radio stations, etc.
6. Donations from the community to help fund the program
7. Collaborations with the following organizations:
a. Work Source Georgia
b. Urban League of Greater Atlanta
c. The Center for Children & Young Adults
d. Fulton County Government
e. Fostering Together
f. Georgia Division of Children and Family Services
g. Youth.gov
h. Fulton County Arts and Culture

The estimated cost for the materials needed is $10,000.00 which is hoped to be raised through
donations from the community and through grants.

Evaluation
This program will be evaluated in both formative and summative means. This formative
evaluations aimed at looking at what can be improved in the program will primarily be achieved
through the following
• Pre and post-program evaluations given to the clients
• Pre and post-program evaluations given to the volunteers
• Pre and post-program evaluations given to the organizations that were collaborated with
The evaluation form will be consist of a likert scale to rate the experience and evaluating the
different parts of the program, as well as a comment section for the participants to give
additional feedback not included on the likert scale to improve the program.

The summative means of evaluation will consist of checking in with the organizations and
professionals that were collaborated at regular intervals of 4, 8, 12, and 16 weeks to see if they
have had an uptick of enrollment or clients seeking further information about the services that
they provide.
References

About Us. (n.d.). Retrieved April 2, 2019, from https://dfcs.georgia.gov/about-us

Demographics of Children in Foster Care. (n.d.). Retrieved March 27, 2019, from

http://fostergeorgia.com/demographics-of-children-in-foster-care/

Education & Training. (n.d.). Retrieved April 2, 2019, from http://ulgatl.org/education-job-skills-

training/

Federal Transition Programs. (n.d.). Retrieved April 2, 2019 from https://youth.gov/youth-

topics/youth-employment/federal-programs-support-transitioning-employment

Holland Code Career Test at Truity. (n.d.). Retrieved April 2, 2019 from

https://www.truity.com/test/holland-code-career-test

Life Works: Preparing Young Adults for Independent Living. (n.d.). Retrieved April 2, 2019,

from https://ccyakids.org/our-programs/life-works/

Program Focus: Youth Job Training. (n.d.). Retrieved April 2, 2019, from

http://www.fultonarts.org/index.php/art-speak/program-focus-youth-job-training

Support Organizations. (n.d.). Retrieved April 2, 2019, from

https://fosteringtogether.com/support-organizations

The Need. (n.d.). Retrieved March 27, 2019, from https://www.circleranchinc.org/the-need

Youth Services. (n.d.). Retrieved April 2, 2019, from http://www.worksourceatlanta.org/job-

seekers/youth-services/

Youth Services. (n.d.). Retrieved April 2, 2019, from http://www.fultoncountyga.gov/wia-youth-

services