Education

Second Chance Job Training for Youth Ages 16-24 in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Area YMCA is accepting applications for its Second Chance program, an employment training initiative for out-of-school youth and young adults ages 16-24.

This free program is designed to help young people gain life skills and training that leads to gainful employment and career advancement.  It also provides assistance with GED preparation and testing, and works to increase literacy for those who are deficient in basic skills.

“Second Chance will help bring together educational and workforce development resources, to help ensure that every young person in Union County is in a good position to find work and improve their situation,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen.

Sign Up for E-News

Advancement of key life skills like leadership development, financial literacy, secondary school alternatives, entrepreneurial skills training, and healthy living are covered in the curriculum.

“Second Chance offers an intensive, multi-faceted approach that helps young people assemble a stronger foundation for success in life,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, who is the Freeholder liaison to the Union County Human Services Advisory Council.

Second Chance is fully funded under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), a national program that coordinates educational and career training resources. The Freeholder Board is responsible for administering federal WIOA funds in Union County, and designated the Plainfield Area YMCA to receive the funds for the program based on the recommendation of the Union County Workforce Development Board.

Classes will be offered at the Plainfield Area YMCA, 518 Watchung Avenue, and will begin April 3rd and run through May 30th.  Participants will have access to the YMCA computer room, fitness center and other resources.

For more information about Second Chance contact Ravenell Williams, 908-756-6060 ext. 101 or rwilliams@plainfieldymca.org.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Like

Sign Up for E-News

Plainfield

A Tour of Boston with the Freewalkers

This past weekend I made a quick trip to Boston to participate in a walk around the city with some of the folks from the Freewalkers walking group.  You may recall that the non-profit organization is one of the recipients of donations made towards my 2018 walk.

On Friday morning, four of us piled into a minivan in New Jersey, and headed up to Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, where we ...

Cranford Township Committee Release Statement Regarding 750 Walnut Avenue

August 16, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ - During last night's meeting, the Cranford Township Committee prepared a written statement regarding 750 Walnut Avenue that was read by township attorney Ryan J. Cooper.

The full statement can be read below:

​The Township Committee is carefully considering Hartz’s request to designate 750 Walnut Avenue as an area in need of redevelopment. Since last ...

Prosecutor's Fugitive is Flemington Woman

August 15, 2017

FLEMINGTON, NJ – The County Prosecutor has named a woman whose last known address was in the borough as his Fugitive of the Week.

In a press release, Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III seeks the public’s help in finding Meghan Crawford.

Crawford, 33, has been charged with narcotics possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. A warrant for her arrest was issued July 31 after ...

Mayor Adrian O. Mapp's Statement on the Tragedy in Charlottesville

August 14, 2017

First and foremost, my heart and my prayers go out to the victims in Charlottesville, and in particular, to the family of Heather Heyer, who was murdered for standing up against racism, antisemitism, and hate. This unconscionable act of domestic terrorism demands that those of us who reject bigotry not only condemn it, but that we take action. Those who traffic in racial hatred count on the ...

Academy of Continuing Education for Adults with Disabilities Enrolling for Fall Semester

August 18, 2017

The Academy of Continuing Education (ACE) in Cranford is accepting applications for its August 28-October 20 semester. ACE offers adults with developmental or physical disabilities the opportunity to pursue continuing education as an alternative to traditional day programs.

"Adults with disabilities who have graduated from the public school system or specialized schools often have limited ...

Making NJ an affordable place we can all call home

August 10, 2017

As many residents in Union County, and across the state, are aware, New Jersey's constitution prevents municipalities from using zoning powers to discriminate against lower income residents, and requires that every community provide a reasonable opportunity for affordable homes to be built. Mount Laurel, as this doctrine is known, has been the law of the land for over 40 years, and has helped ...

Plainfield's Rapps Pharmacy, Delivering Wellness Right to Your Front Door

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Rapps Pharmacy is an independent, full service, and locally owned neighborhood pharmacy that has been operating in downtown Plainfield since 1956.

Rapps Pharmacy serves a very diverse community, specializing in innovative mental healthcare, and serving clients with mental behavioral health disorders, substance abuse disorders and developmental delays throughout the state ...

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware (Scout Press, 2015)

Think Hitchcock. Think old-fashioned psychological thriller. Think good writing. If you have read and loved The Woman in Cabin 10, Ware's most recent novel, you will enjoy her first publication, In a Dark, Dark Wood.

Leonora Shaw, a crime writer, awakens, bruised and befuddled in a hospital bed. Frightened and confused, Nora tries ...