Youth Programs

Department of Human Services Foster Care Work Experience

Through a unique partnership, Goodwill and DHS provide a six week paid work experience for aging out foster care youth. The youth are able to experience three different work sites where they are evaluated on several work readiness skills.  In addition to work, students participate in a work skills class and work experience forum. This experience provides valuable skills to youth who may soon be on their own.

MI Works! Youth Program (WIA)

Our youth program utilizes case managers who work with individual participants, families, schools and the community to determine the appropriate activities and services that will best meet the needs of each individual participant.  We provide or partner with other agencies to provide: Tutoring, Summer Employment, Work Experience, Occupational Skills training, Leadership Development, Mentoring, Guidance & Counseling, and Alternative School Services in Calhoun County.  These services are offered at no cost to the participant.  To view our WIA Bill of Rights click here .

School Work Experience Program

The paid work experience program is designed to assist students with their work behaviors as they rotate to different worksites throughout the school year. Students experience a wide variety of community work situations by changing worksites periodically. Case managers along with Job Coaches are responsible for tracking progress, attending school and parent meetings and identifying any difficulties that may occur.

Youth in Transition Classes

Program is curriculum based and designed to substantially improve the job seeking skills and work ethics of high school aged participants.  The classes are 5 weeks in length and cover the topics of self-esteem and confidence building, assertiveness, success at work, and communicating at work.

Financial Opportunity Center
15 Capital NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017
Hours of Operation: M-F 8-4:30