Employment Support Program (ESP)
Penny Lane Centers Employment Support Program is an immersive one-on-one educational program that serves Transitional Age Youth (ages 16-25) in the San Fernando Valley, who are receiving ongoing Department of Mental Health therapy services.
Program participants begin with a comprehensive Vocational Assessment where they will identify their individual employment barriers, discover work preferences and explore job and career goals. Participants then go on to receive Employment Preparation and Job Development Services, where they will learn how to complete job applications, build a professional resume, conduct job search, speak with employers, apply for opportunities, and interview. Finally, if the participant is offered a job, they will receive Job Placement and Job Retention services; these services support the participant through the hiring and orientation process, where they will receive training on youth labor laws, workplace safety, work ethic, conflict resolution, maintaining employment, and interacting with supervisors and co-workers. All program participants will receive interview clothing and monthly bus pass funds pre-employment, as well as work uniform clothing once employed. Once the participant has reached 90 days of employment, they will graduate having developed the skills needed to gain and maintain employment.
The Penny Lane Centers Employment Support Program is a cooperative program provided in collaboration with The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) and The Department of Mental Health (DMH).
From our participants…
“With the program I got to experience lots of things I would have never done on my own. I have a job and a steady paycheck now and can help out my family.”
“Thank you for giving me a chance in the world where adults and teenagers are competing for the same job.”
“I got a job, which made me very happy as I was bringing in some money and now had some work experience to build off of for future applications.”
“The mock-interview before my interview truly helped me feel confident. Without the program, I would have been a lot more unprepared and nervous about how to answer the questions”
“The program was hands-on and we were always filling out applications, if we weren’t filling out applications we were editing my resume.”
Contact our North Hills office at (818) 432-0824