The Honoring Our Youth (HOY) Program, a partnership of the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan and Steepletown Neighborhood Services, assists neighborhood youth in achieving their academic and career goals. Emphasis is placed on obtaining academic credentials, i.e. a high school diploma or GED, the National Career Readiness Certificate, and the NEFE Financial Planning Certificate, and on furthering one’s education by enrolling in college, vocational training, or an apprenticeship. Paid and unpaid work experiences also expose youth to various careers, giving them first-hand knowledge of the skills necessary to one day be in that job or career. The work experiences also offer youth a bridge to full-time employment if that is their interest.
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The HOY Program is for youth, ages 14-21. Youth currently atttending highschool are offered tutoring and study skill sessions at both the Steepletown Center and the Hispanic Center after school. Youth can also improve their basic math and reading skills by going on KeyTrain, a web-based curriculum. Youth who have not finished high school and are at least 17 years-old can complete their GED. The HOY Program also has partnerships with several different local employers where youth can participate in paid work experiences, ranging from 100-300 hours, depending on the youth’s age and career interests.
Please contact an HOY staff member for more information or attend one of our four weekly HOY Program Orientations. A legal guardian must accompany youth under 18 years of age. No RSVP is required for orientations.