Crawford County Job & Family Services serves as the Lead Agency for the Comprehensive Case Management Employment Program (CCMEP). CCMEP utilizes funding from both the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) programs to provide a year-round Youth Program intended to assist youth with barriers to employment in becoming self-sufficient through employment and education or training. Our CCMEP Youth Program can help you finish high school, get started in a higher education program, get a job, keep the job you already have, or help you find a better job.
Our agency works closely with the Area 10 Workforce Development Board to coordinate services and funding to better serve our area youth.
Who is the Youth Program intended to serve?
Our Youth Program is intended to serve youth ages 16-24 who can, with assistance, reasonably be expected to:
1) Attain a high school diploma or its equivalent, an industry-standard certificate, or a post-secondary degree.
2) Attain high school-level reading and math skills.
3) Be successful in unsubsidized employment and/or post-secondary education or advanced training.
Youth Program Goals
Goal #1: To complete High School/Alternative School diploma or GED certificate and/or to complete occupational skills training and earn certification.
Goal #2: To improve math, reading, and language skills.
Goal #3: To gain skills that will help youth become employable, enter the military, or enroll in post-secondary education (college).
Who is eligible? Crawford County youth 16-24 who are:
- a low income minor, low income and live with a minor child, or are low income and are the non-custodial parent of a minor child or,
- have a significant documented barrier to employment
Please note that eligibility does not automatically enroll you in the program.
- Tutoring, study skills training, instruction, and drop out prevention.
- Alternative secondary school services or dropout recovery services
- Paid and unpaid work experiences (with an academic & occupational education component)
- Occupational skills training
- Education & Workforce Preparation
- Leadership development opportunities
- Supportive Services
- Adult Mentoring
- Comprehensive guidance and counseling
- Financial Literacy Education
- Entrepreneurial skills training
- Labor market and employment information
- Preparation for higher education
- Follow-up services
- Youth must make a committment to the program
- Parent/guardian consents to enrollment and participation in the program
- An Individual Opportunity Plan for youth enrolled in the program will be developed based on an individual assessment
- Youth will be expected to participate in activities and services geared towards successful completion of the plan
- Youth will stay in close communication with their assigned Youth Mentor
- Out-of-school youth will ideally meet their goals within a one year timeframe
- In-school youth will meet their goals within a two year timeframe.
Reasons to Join the Youth Program
- I believe in myself
- I want to achieve my educational goals
- I want to obtain employment/training