PAVE Job Training and New Ventures for Youth

PAVE Job Training


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Are you a youth interested in enrolling in our free job training program? Call 503-517-3931 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

PAVE (Promoting Avenues to Employment) is a career-focused training program that prepares homeless and at-risk youth for employment through job readiness training, occupational skills training, internships, and other employment and education-related opportunities. PAVE Workforce Case Managers also assist in educational pursuits to include completing high school or GED, enrolling in college, or pursuing other post-secondary training.

Orientations: every Tuesday at 2pm

Training dates:

    September 9-October 11
    November 4-December 6

Job readiness training (JRT) is a five-week program that students attend daily, in which they learn about workplace rights, skill identification, job search strategies, resume building, cover letter writing, interview skills, career exploration, personal budgeting, and volunteering. Once a youth completes JRT and is approved for full PAVE enrollment, they are assigned a case manager who provides mentorship and comprehensive support for the youth's career and education goals. Support includes paid occupational skills training, paid work experiences, financial support for obtaining professional licenses, guidance and planning, resource referrals, and assistance in securing transportation and professional clothing for career related endeavors.

PAVE's offices are located on the second floor of New Avenues for Youth's facility at 314 SW 9th Avenue. Open hours are 9:30 am - 1 pm Monday through Friday, and 2pm - 5:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. During open hours, anyone (age 16-24) can access our computer lab to work on job searches, resumes, and other college and career-related efforts. The PAVE computer lab provides access to the products and services offered through WorkSource Portland Metro including skill development and employment services.

If you are a member of the public and have questions about the program, please contact PAVE Coordinator Adah Rodriguez at 503-517-3935 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The PAVE program is financed in whole or in part with funds provided through Worksystems, Inc. from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Portland Development Commission.

Social Purpose Enterprise at New Avenues for Youth

As part of our Social Purpose Enterprise Initiative, New Avenues for Youth runs nonprofit businesses that provide employment training opportunities for homeless and at-risk youth. Our social purpose enterprises are a key vehicle for youth to develop the skills needed to obtain permanent employment, access post-secondary opportunities, and build a pathway to long-term success. The enterprises include two Ben & Jerry’s PartnerShops, a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream catering and cart business, and a screen printing business, New Avenues INK. Youth are able to choose from a range of industries, functional areas, and training opportunities according to their career goals.

Ben & Jerry's PSU and Ben & Jerry’s Pioneer Square scoop delicious Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for the people of downtown Portland. Every scoop you buy creates job opportunities for youth, so you’re making our community better, one sundae, shake, or fresh fruit smoothie at a time. AND, we cater!

New Avenues INK prints top quality custom apparel to build your brand. From small runs to large orders, it’s the perfect choice for company and nonprofit events, sport teams, bands, competitions, branded merchandise, and more.

You create jobs for young people simply by choosing New Avenues INK or purchasing ice cream.

ice creamNew Avenues for Youth PartnerShops

PAVE works closely with the social enterprise team, providing participant referral, workforce case management, job readiness courses, computer access, and extensive employment resource listings. Work opportunities range from 8-week work experiences to internships lasting 6 to 24 months, with the goal of helping youth into permanent employment and/or post-secondary enrollment.

Our enterprises are a training ground where youth can develop professional skills and competencies. Employees have the opportunity to advance to leadership positions including Shift Lead and Lead in one of our business modules. These modules--which include inventory management, marketing, and entrepreneurship--provide hands-on experience in business management, marketing, and operations.

Last year our enterprises provided more than 60 training opportunities for youth, and are projected to provide more than 90 opportunities annually.