Preparing youth for employment and career
Promoting Avenues to Employment (PAVE) is a career-focused training program that prepares foster, at-risk, and homeless youth for employment through job training, occupational skills training, internships, and other employment and education-related opportunities. For general PAVE information and questions about eligibility, contact us at email@example.com or 503.517.3935.
Attend Orientation to learn more about PAVE services and eligibility and to ask questions about the program.
Open to youth for employment- and school-related needs, including job searching, resume writing, applying to college, and other support and resources.
Job Readiness Training (JRT)
JRT is a four-week program that students attend daily to learn about job-search strategies, resume building, cover-letter writing, interview skills, and career exploration. Students must first attend Orientation, complete a referral/interest form, and meet with a program staff member prior to starting JRT.
Comprehensive Program Enrollment
JRT graduates are eligible to apply for our three-year comprehensive career and college support program. Each participating youth is assigned to a PAVE Employment Specialist, who provides support and connects them to appropriate services, including paid work experiences, financial assistance with occupational trainings and licenses, access to interview clothes and transportation assistance, and one-on-one job and post-secondary assistance and support.
Professional Mentoring & Networking
JRT graduates and youth participating in other New Avenues programs receive group and/or individual mentoring from members of the business community as they set goals and explore career and educational opportunities.