By expanding programming and services for at-risk youth and families, a proposed collaboration of nonprofits is expected to serve as many as 3,800 youth each year. The Hive is slated to receive $5.8 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds.
Led by EnCompass: Resources for Learning, the Hive will increase year-round workforce programming, wraparound services and career placement pathways these populations. The Hive also includes Black Men Achieve, Boys and Girls Club, the Hub585 and Teen Empowerment.
“The Hive is inclusive, equitable, and eliminates barriers to participation,” says Monroe County Executive Adam Bello. “These millions of dollars of proposed funding will develop tomorrow’s workforce through an innovative, youth-centered, ‘no walls, no wrong doors, shared focus’ model of layered services for those who need it.
“We want to encourage pathways to success here in Monroe County and we can do that by advancing organizations with proven records of success.”
The Hive Youth Workforce Consortium will equip at-risk young people and families through youth-centered collaboration, shared resources and accessible, quality services. The goal is to make them positive contributors to economic recovery and participate in the growth of the community’s skilled workforce with the necessary resources to live, work and grow in Monroe County, officials say.
“We are resolute that no child, teen, or family be left out of Monroe County’s economic development and recovery and set out to reach and serve youth facing barriers to success and communities experiencing disparities,” says Rebecca Ferri, EnCompass director of development and communications.
Over the next four years, the Hive hopes to equip 15,000 teens for entry into mid- and high-wage careers, co-locating providers and resources and providing academic supports, behavioral health, workforce development services, job training and placements, she adds.
The EnCompass proposal is one of roughly 40 projects in Bring Monroe Back, the county’s plan for ARPA funds. After Legislature approval, the county will enter a contract with EnCompass to begin work next year.