“The journey I took to find employment seemed to be a long one. As days turned into weeks, and weeks turned into months my emotions began to show. I looked back at my past and saw how drug addiction and negative behavior had destroyed my life. Now deep in my mind I know that I must use my consequential thinking, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year as I strive for my recovery. You never gave up on me – even when I had given up on myself. For that I will always be forever grateful.” – R. L.
The Enhanced Employment Initiative Program is a vocational program designed to provide court mandated TASC clients with employment placement and other transitional services, enabling defendants and their families to gain financial security and independence. EAC Network operates NYC TASC criminal justice programs in Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Staten Island.
EEI provides screening, counseling and intensive job preparation to job seekers, so that the clients we refer to potential employers are better prepared to enter the job market. Assistance includes:
- Individual Career Counseling
- Skills, abilities & interest testing
- Referrals to the appropriate job training programs (VESID or HRA sponsored)
- Referral to GED, Adult Basic Education, ESL, ESOL Schools
- Intensive Job development
- Direct Job placement assistance
- Negotiating special accommodations with the employers interested in hiring our clients
- Assistance with obtaining appropriate clothing for job interviews
- Employment & Resume Workshops
- Fatherhood & Job Retention Workshops
- Assistance with applying for a Certificate of Relief from Disability or Good Conduct.
- Assistance with obtaining a Rap Sheet
- Assistance with obtaining child support payments and resolving child support issues
The effectiveness of services provided to TASC clients is greatly influenced by collaborative involvement of TASC with the Courts, District Attorney Office, Treatment Providers, and various community based organizations in the 5 boroughs.
Each applicant referred for the EEI services is expected to meet the following criteria:
- Must be referred by their TASC Primary Case manager
- Must meet Federal Funding TANF eligibility criteria : Is a non-custodial parent of a minor child, or/ and have a minor child who lives either with a parent or an adult caretaker relative, have a child in foster care with a plan to return home, have a pregnant family member.
- Must be currently sober
- Must have no history of violence
- Must be in compliance with all TASC requirements
- Must be motivated to work and willing to take the steps to independence.