• YES Presents to Community-Minded Bloomsburg Kiwanis

    Posted by Mary Mingle on 1/9/2018 7:44:00 PM

    Photo of Mary Mingle and Karla Procopio of CSIU and Bloomsburg Kiwanis President Lisa Makara

    Mary Mingle, left, and Karla Procopio, right, had the opportunity to speak to the Bloomsburg Kiwanis Club about the Adult and Continuing Education and Workforce Development programs available through the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit. Lisa Makara, center, president of the Bloomsburg Kiwanis extended the invitation.

    *Photograph courtesy of The Press Enterprise/Keith Haupt

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  • Fall 2017 Leadership Day

    Posted by Mary Mingle on 12/2/2017 11:43:00 AM

    Professionals lead discussions with participants

    On November 8th, 25 young adults aspiring to a new career and a better future had the opportunity to learn that the pathway to leadership is not always a straight line; it takes determination, flexibility, a positive attitude and patience to meet their work and life goals.

    The Fall 2017 Leadership Day -- a joint effort of YES to the Future and the WATCH Project -- brought together employers and professionals from the area to mentor program participants as they discussed their own pathways to success.

    Through small group discussions and hands-on activities, participants from YES, WATCH and the CSIU's Adult Education Program learned that they need to be willing to gain experience through entry-level positions, communicate well and network with others, identify mentors and persevere. 

    Participants take on the solo cup challenge to learn about leadership

    Zach Gass, a current YES to the Future participant, shared his own story and how the program has assisted him. He emphasized responsibility, communication and the willingness to try new things.

    What did participants say about their Leadership Day experience?

    "I have more confidence that I will stay on my career path."

    "I need to be risky and get out of my comfort zone."

    "I should give myself more credit."

    YES and WATCH would like to thank the professionals and employers who took the time to mentor participants by sharing their experiences.

    Jennifer Daddario 

    Assistant Branch Manager, Service 1st Federal Credit Union

    Alexa DeBaro

    Senior Workforce Coordinator, Central PA Workforce Development Corporation

    Tom Dougher

    Executive Director, The Gatehouse

    Dr. John Kurelja

    Chief Academic Officer, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit

    Sara Lauver

    Director of Community Impact & Marketing, Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way

    Sheila Packer

    Director of Community Health & Wellness, Evangelical Community Hospital

    Amy Zimmerman

    Center Director, SUM Child Development, Inc.



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  • Helping Young Adults Say YES to the Future

    Posted by Mary Mingle on 11/15/2017 1:25:00 PM

    YES participants meet with local employer

    YES to the Future helps young adults, ages 16 to 24 and not currently enrolled in school, to prepare for and succeed in education, training and employment.

    Caring and committed Career Counselors provide participants with intensive case management and access to program services that allow young adults to:

    • Explore career pathways;
    • Gain valuable volunteer and paid work experience;
    • Learn about options like technical training, apprenticeships and military service;
    • Connect with training programs and employers;
    • Find employment that is reliable and pays a family-sustaining wage; and
    • Receive the education and experience they need to manage their finances, build basic education skills, and develop their leadership potential.

    If you know a young adult who could benefit from our services, ask them to apply online at www.csiu.org/YES


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  • Paid Work Experiences Lead to Better Outcomes for Young Adults

    Posted by Mary Mingle on 11/7/2017 1:00:00 PM
    Young man on the job site YES to the Future offers Paid Work Experiences (PWEs) to participants to help them gain valuable work experience and to explore career interests. These work-based learning activities operate much like any other internship. Individuals are placed with employers who provide supervision as well as structured training and mentoring opportunities for participants to gain new skills.

    For-profit and non-profit organizations can host paid work experiences. Organizations that regularly seek out volunteers can also host a PWE. The YES program serves as the employer of record, paying $10 an hour to the participant and covering taxes and workers' compensation insurance.

    Learn more about PWEs and who to contact about hosting one by clicking on one of the options below:

    Paid Work Experiences in Columbia and Montour Counties
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  • Young Adults Say "YES" to Community Service

    Posted by Mary Mingle on 10/31/2017 8:53:00 AM
    "Gwen Perrin, Hartleton Borough Secretary, would love to get us there more often because our participants do such a great and thorough job. It was a great day and everyone worked extremely hard."
    -- Jenn Mowery, YES Career Counselor
    Last Wednesday, YES participants Caleb Biddinger, Tiffany Hosterman and Alexis Keiper -- and Career Counselors Marca O'Hargan and Jenn Mowery --cleaned the Hartleton Borough Church in preparation for election day on November 7th. 
    During the April 2017 United Way Day of Caring, YES participants and staff volunteered to clean the historical church and community park. Borough staff was so impressed by the work YES participants did, they asked YES to return again to help them get ready for election day.
    Caleb Biddinger cleans church in preparation for election day
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  • YES Participants Help Students with Special Needs on the Trail of Treats

    Posted by Mary Mingle on 10/31/2017 8:48:00 AM
    YES participants volunteer at Halloween event
    YES participants Tiffany Hosterman and Alexis Keiper, and YES Career Counselor Jenn Mowery, volunteered their time today to help special needs students "trick-or-treat" at the CSIU in Milton.
    The Best Western Country Cupboard Inn's Trail of Treats event is held each year to provide safe trick-or-treat experiences for students with special needs.
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