We enjoy helping to improve the lives of young people by directing them to open opportunities for employment, and mentors eager to support them.
Programs and Services
Career Connections/CalWORKS Youth Employment Program (CYEP) places hard working employees with employers. Young Adults ages 18-24, work up to 40 hours per week to a total of 200 hours. The program goals are building individual competencies, preparation to join the workforce permanently and developing a career path. Employers utilize the talents and interests of young adults, develop their skills and strengths, and provide positive adult role models. Participants are enthusiastic about not just earning money, but building their resumes with valuable work experience. Good news prospective employers; this program provides free employment to your business, government funded.
Meet the CYEP Program Directors
Dennis has Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University and Master's Degrees in Special Education from Cal State University. He has taught High School at Apple Valley for 25 years and has extensive experience in coordinating and running programs for education and employment for young adults.
Werner Von Der Heide
Werner has been a Special Education teacher for twenty one years at various school districts in Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. He has worked collaboratively with Career Institute for the last four years with the @LIKE program and the CalWORKs Youth Employment Program in the High Desert. In addition to collaboration with CI in the High Desert, Werner is the director of a Workforce Investment Opportunity Act youth program in the High Desert. He is a graduate of CSU Fullerton and has a Masters in Special Education from National University.
Young Adult Grantmakers
Young Adult Grantmakers (a part of the Community Foundation and the Youth Philanthropy Initiative) gives young people an opportunity to practice organized philanthropy. Participants learn about the issues in their communities and endow grants to non-profits that deal with concerns of young adults, while instilling in them the spirit of volunteering and giving. Participants come away with honed skills in conflict management, leadership, communication, and civic duty. Participants are required to be between the ages of 18 and 21, commit to a goal and follow through, be willing to respond to adult mentoring efforts, and help coordinate and attend agency site visits and participate in service projects.
Learn more here.
An inspiring success story!
Rodrelle DeAndrade has been a shining star in the Career Institute office in Victorville. Rodrelle graduated from the Certified Nursing Assistant Program in October of 2013 and received multiple training courses within a couple of months. He then got a job at Knolls West Acute Care facility, and participated in the 2014 Apple Valley Leadership Connection Program. These opportunities and experiences led him to explore a new career in real estate as an intern for Shear Realty. Rodrelle is now pursuing a real estate license, and completing courses at the local community college. He has now realized that his possibilities are endless, and will pursue a career in the military.