In November 2015, the North Colorado Springs Rotary Club started conducting workshops at Urban Peak of Colorado Springs. Urban Peak is a shelter for homeless youth between the ages of 15 and 20. The purpose of these workshops is to help these young people obtain jobs so they can get out on their own, into the community. Workshops include Job Searching, Resume Writing, Mock Job Interviews, Conflict Resolution, Goal Setting, Job Retention, Money Management, and Gaining Respect, which uses the Rotary 4-Way Test as a guide to earn the respect of others.
Workshops are given by one or two of our Rotary volunteers, plus one staff member at Urban Peak. Since we started giving the workshops we have racked up nearly 200 man hours of volunteer time by our club members. This includes only the time spent in the Workshops, but does not include the travel time to and from, and the great amount of time spent in the planning and scheduling the workshops.
Over the past 10 months, since we started, this program has been made available to 139 individuals residing at Urban Peak. Of these, 66 individuals have attended at least one session with many attending more than one session. This means nearly one-half of those in the shelter have engaged in the program, and have been directly supported, or influenced, by at least one of our Rotary club volunteers.
The 66 individuals have attended our workshops a total of 233 times. Some attendees have attended only one session, and some have attended the same session more than once. Some have attended all sessions at least once.
A total of 56 out of the 139 persons we have served have earned jobs. This means 40% of the clients who earned a job attended at least one session, while being granted the opportunity to engage with Rotary members. We cannot take all the credit for these 56 getting jobs, but we know that we have had a great influence on helping these young people at Urban Peak, having gotten feedback from many of the attendees through the Urban Peak staff.
There have only been 9 individuals who have completed all of our workshops. This number is low as expected, considering the transitional nature of the population, as well as the low commitment level many of the residents of the shelter possess. Urban Peak staff is working to encourage more of their residents to attend these sessions. They are unable to make attendance mandatory.
We feel encouraged by these numbers, knowing that we are making a difference in the lives of these young people. We hope to achieve even greater success in the future as we continue this very worthwhile program, into its 11th month and beyond.
We currently have 16 active volunteers from our Rotary Club, having had a total of 20 since the beginning of the program. We are continuing to attract more volunteers as they learn of the success rate we are seeing, in helping the homeless youth at Urban Peak achieve success in getting back on their own in the community.
Thanks to all who have helped to make this program so successful.
Are you interested in volunteering or would like more information?
Please contact Max Calkins at 719-534-9291 or email@example.com