PACE is an 8+ week program designed for unemployed and underserved young adults who desire to develop the necessary skills to shift from seeking a job to building a career. While other important programs focus on job training and placement, the PACE program invests in building critical softs skills that support sustainable and satisfying careers.
Why this program is needed
The main problem in the job market is that new employees from different backgrounds (including urban environments) often quit their jobs or are terminated within their probationary period.
The answer to this problem is the PACE program, built on the pillars of social engagement, emotional intelligence, character building, conflict resolution, and being a company person. Young adults need to retain their first job to get early wins and traction. Success breeds success, and we want them to realize that when they deliver excellence at their first job, they can move up and build their career.
How it Works
The PACE program partners with alternative and city schools to identify and assist unemployed or underserved young adults in career development. Through 8+ weeks of group engagement in critical soft skills training needed to retain an entry-level job and deliver excellence, participants can continue to build their desired careers.
Critical Soft Skills
We support urban and minority young adults who face multiple barriers in accessing and sustaining quality employment.
We strengthen communities by equipping our participants and partners to contribute to each other's long-term growth and prosperity.
My name is Bracee, and I am currently a Correctional Officer with the Ramsey County Sheriff's Department. I truly do not believe I would have this job and career today if it were not for the PACE Program. Taking the classes really helped me find myself and a passion for what I wanted to do with my life. Until then, I was not sure, and each of the instructors seemed to care a lot about what I wanted and cared about how I got there. So once I graduated from the PACE Program, I kept going back in my notes to understand what I wanted to do with my life.
I knew I had a passion for caring for people, but I'm very stern, so when the opportunity to become a Correctional Officer arose, it was because of the PACE Program training I have taken that let me know I was able to do it. I have been a Correctional Officer for over a year now, and I love every day of it. I recommend the PACE Program to my friends and anyone willing to do better for themselves and their loved ones.
-Bracee, PACE Program Graduate of 2019
"The PACE Program is an important piece of how we strengthen communities through empowerment. We encourage our participants to become career-minded through dreaming big, setting goals, and building the skills to get there."
-Stacey Jones, Chief Youth Development Officer
Your investment in RCFL helps build a bridge to a stronger future for young adults in our community.
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Want to build a bridge to a brighter future for the young adults in your school or organization? Contact Stacey Jones, Chief Youth Development Officer, to get started.