The Verto Project (Verto is Latin for “turn-around” or “change”) is a unique, 20-week pre-employment program that assists at-risk youth between the ages of 18-24 transition out of harm’s way and back into school or into the workforce. Twelve youth are accepted into each Intake, with a new project beginning every 8 weeks.
Verto runs Monday to Friday from 9:00 am – 4 pm. During the first 8 weeks of program, youth will participate in employment and personal development, technology training, and conflict resolution as well as health and wellness training, volunteerism, life transitioning and leadership development. During the final 2 weeks of the program, youth will experience intensive employment readiness training and receive certification in First Aid and may have the opportunity to access other employment related certifications if needed.
Youth then enter into a paid 12-week work experience component of the program. Our Employment Coordinator works to match youth with employers, and set them up for success in the work world.
Verto gives at-risk youth the skills that are necessary to transition back into school or employment and away from the harmful lifestyles they currently lead and supporting them to find success and independence.
Employment is the goal for the youth attending the project, with schooling as an option in order to achieve the employment goals set by the youth.