The Dutchess ARC Youth One Stop Program, which was established in 2013 and is a program of the Workforce Development Center, helps at-risk youth between the ages of 14 and 21 find job training and employment or begin postsecondary education. The program was founded by the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board (WIB), which gave Dutchess ARC a 23-month contract to build and run the program. Youth One Stop is free for eligible youth and foster children.
Each candidate is paired with a case manager who can help him or her with housing, transportation, childcare, and other services available from local agencies. Case managers also work with clients with everything from completing GEDs to filling out financial aid forms and creating individual employment plans. Job training and internships are available for Youth One Stop participants, who can also receive mentoring and tutoring and are eligible for various certification programs.
The Workforce Development Center has helped connect businesses to the public workforce system for more than 27 years. Its mission is to build a skilled and competitive workforce, promote an understanding of workplace trends, and help businesses and individuals become lifelong learners.
Tom Frost, a senior attorney in Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C.’s Fishkill office, is a member of the Dutchess County WIB.