InFocus Program

The InFocus Program is a young adult workforce development project that is focused on serving multi-barriered low-income young adults, in the Rosewood neighborhood and in Gresham, who need individualized employment services and employment placement, referral and navigation to alternative schools, high schools, training programs and/or Portland Community College Career Pathways in order to create a plan and take action to move out of poverty

Background Information

SE Works received a pilot grant in January of 2014 to start the InFocus program for 20 participants. In the fall of 2014 the City of Gresham joined the initiative and the City of Portland- Portland Development Commission extended their funding to maintain services. SE Works partners with The Rosewood Initiative to serve 30-60 students at 162nd and Stark in SE Portland.

The InFocus Program offers:

  • System Navigation
  • Job Readiness/Job Placement assistance
  • Assistance with GED and credential attainment
  • Transition to post-secondary support/ vocational training programs
  • Personal Growth and Development classes.
  • Mentoring

Program Model

Elements in place to impact positive outcomes for InFocus customers:

  • Weekly job club meetings
  • Work readiness support
  • Career Path employment plan
  • Master job application, resume and cover letter development support
  • Interview practice
  • Assistance obtaining entry level industry recognized credentials such as food handlers cards, CPR, forklift certification
  • Assistance obtaining drivers licenses and ID cards as needed for work
  • Vocational Case management- Coordinated case management approach which involves other service providers working with the participant.

Additional Supports

  • Training funds (e.g., welding, CDL, CNA, etc)
  • Support service funds (e.g., clothing, tools, ID, transportation, etc.)
  • Housing resources and supports
  • Oregon Driver’s License (ODL) – Working with multiple counties to help eradicate fines and fees preventing customers from obtains their ODL.
  • Expungement