Why What We Do Works.
Nearly three decades of learning has gone into the Hope Builders experience. Our methodologies have combined with real-world learning to provide a model that lifts up lives. Read on and learn why.
OUR THEORY OF CHANGE.
Since 1995, Hope Builders has innovated an approach that leads to real transformation in the lives of young men and women who are disconnected from educational and workforce opportunities. Hope Builders simulates the workplace and reinforces critical professional behaviors.
As a result of this investment, Hope Builders aims to stabilize the lives of its young people and give them the skills and support needed to enter into upwardly-mobile employment and educational opportunities. The result is a pathway to living-wage employment, self-sufficiency, prosperity.
In return for our support and training, we ask every Hope Builder to sign a pledge.
IDENTIFYING IDEAL CANDIDATES.
Hope Builders partners with churches, schools and community-based programs to identify young adults, driven to change their lives. Much like applying for a job, applicants to Hope Builders must fill out an application, take a drug test, show right-to-work documents and participate in an interview. This process helps Hope Builders identify candidates, who are motivated to complete the program and enter the workforce.
HARD SKILLS IN DEMAND.
Under the direction of licensed professionals, Hope Builders provides skills training in three industries: Construction, Medical Assisting and Behavioral Technician. Hands-on training takes place daily and reinforces employer expectations. Basic skills remediation is embedded into the curriculum so that trainees are equipped with the knowledge needed to succeed on the job. The result? Reliable employees, with marketable skills.
LIFE SKILLS & COUNSELING
ADJUSTMENT AND MATURATION SUPPORTED.
Hope Builders knows that skills training or employment placement alone do not meet the needs of disconnected young adults. Rather, training must include a mix of life skills and supportive services designed to help young adults retain their employment. Upon program enrollment, each trainee is matched with a Support Specialist who works with them to help them achieve tangible goals and strengthen their reliability, grit, initiative, leadership skills and productivity.
ONGOING EDUCATION AND TRAINING.
Hope Builders helps young adults understand career ladders within their given industry, advance their education level and prepare for and gain access to post-secondary education programs, ranging from apprenticeship and vocational training to AA degrees.
Hope Builders partners with Santa Ana College and Santiago Community College to offer its training and to provide certification and credits.
STAFFING DONE DIFFERENTLY.
Hope Builders bridges the gap between young adults who face barriers to employment and employers who need skilled, reliable workers. It strives to link young adults, who have completed the training program, to permanent employment. Trainees receive one-on-one job coaching to develop a resume, get professional attire and practice their interviewing skills.
Hope Builders’ staff develops relationships with local businesses and provides employers direct access to motivated workers with technical job training and ongoing personal guidance that make them productive employees immediately and valuable assets for the long term.