One of the cornerstones of Jeremiah Program is our commitment to providing participants with meaningful educational initiatives and partnerships that are truly transformative. These include Personal Empowerment and Life Skills training for all women.
Jeremiah participants attend a weekly on-site programming. The women are introduced to the life-changing principles of Personal Empowerment developed by Twin Cities RISE!
Personal Empowerment is based on the idea that the more a person regulates her state of mind, the more powerful she feels—and the more equipped to succeed in her life. Personal Empowerment Training helps women develop important personal characteristics that can make the difference between merely getting a job and maintaining that job for a career:
Applicants are required to complete eight weeks of the 16-week Empowerment training before being admitted to residency.
Jeremiah Women participate in Life Skills education classes during their time as residents. The curriculum focuses on:
- Career development
- Economic independence
- Physical and emotional health
- Healthy relationships
- Parenting and child development
Participants learn through facilitator and peer discussions, hands-on activities, small group sharing and role-playing. By developing these important skills, residents gain the confidence and tools they need to become truly self-reliant.
Residents are also assigned a personal Life Skills coach who guides them on goal setting, resource referral, advocacy, and crisis intervention. The coach monitors each woman’s progress toward her education, employment and self-sufficiency objectives so that she is held accountable to the goals she sets for herself.
Jeremiah Works! is a dynamic employment services partnership between committed volunteers and Jeremiah Program participants, focusing on employment readiness and job placement. The work of this volunteer group has been especially important in recent years given the current economic environment and high unemployment rates.
- Jeremiah Program participants who take advantage of Jeremiah Works! are able to find and maintain employment despite the competitive job market.
- Participants can access Jeremiah Works! at any time during residency and after graduation as they seek career employment.
- In 2013, the employment team is focusing on broadening connections with major corporate funders to enhance employment pathways for participants and alumnae.
In our Education Roundtable series, we regularly gather with admissions directors and other key staff from colleges and other post-secondary institutions where Jeremiah participants are enrolled. Together we explore and determine how best to meet the educational needs of single women. The goal is to maximize campus services and financial assistance resources for our program participants.