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Employment and Training Program
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Students in the Project U.S.E. Employment and Training Program participate in a mixture of academic support activities and structured group activities designed to build leadership and interpersonal skills needed for workplace success.

Providing Access to Education and Employment Opportunities for Out-of-School Youth

The Project U.S.E. Employment and Training Program (ETP) serves out-of-school youth ages 16-24 in Jersey City.  The program is coordinated in partnership with the Jersey City Employment and Training Program (JCETP), a non-profit organization providing comprehensive services to individuals seeking employment in Jersey City.  The program provides participants with access to services allowing them to attain academic success, develop life skills, and access to improved job opportunities and stability.  Services provided to participants include:

  • High School Equivalency Classes and Academic Tutoring
  • Work Readiness Instruction and Hands-On Job Training
  • Computer Skills Instruction
  • Individual Mentoring
  • Financial Literacy Instruction & Workshops
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Driving Lessons
  • Access to Counseling Services
  • Weekly Stipend

The Employment and Training Program model incorporates other successful Project U.S.E. programs.  Participants receive hands-on job training and business experience through a paid apprenticeship based on Project U.S.E.’s Pedal Farmers urban gardening program.  They also develop leadership skills, teamwork, and experience positive character development through participating in courses and group activities at Project U.S.E.’s Wildcat Mountain Wilderness Center.

Participants receive academic tutoring and support services in order to help them successfully obtain their high school equivalency degree and position themselves for long-term success.  Following completion of the ETP, participants continue to get post-program support to make a successful transition to additional technical or professional training, higher education, or securing employment.


For more information about the Employment and Training Program, please contact Zaniyyah AshBey:

zashbey@projectuse.org | (201) 549-9568