Opportunity Junction Overview
Target demographics: low-income adults and families who are motivated to break the cycle of poverty.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 500
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: tutor a student, or conduct mock interviews.
Geographic areas served: Contra Costa County
Programs: 1. Job Training and Placement Program - Prepare participants for administrative careers leading to self-sufficiency through computer and life skills training, paid experience, case management, career counseling, placement assistance, and long-term alumni services.
2. Career Development Services - Provide career development, case management, and job placement services in Bay Point (at the SparkPoint Career Center) and in Antioch.
3. The Technology Center - Offer low-income clients free computer access and assistance, English as a Second Language instruction and Computer Basics.
4. Do-It-Yourself Tax Assistance - Alumni of the Job Training and Placement Program help low-income workers file their own income taxes and receive the Earned Income Tax Credit and other credits.
Our mission is to fight poverty by helping low-income Contra Costa residents gain the skills and confidence to get and keep jobs that support themselves and their families.
Opportunity Junction was founded in 2000 with the name Opportunities for Technology Information Careers and adopted its current name in November of 2006.
92% of the graduates of the JTPP are placed within 6 months of program completion and 18 months later 82% of those graduates are still employed.
Of those completing 15 hours or more (212 in FY2012-13) of our Technology Center classes, 30% got a job, a better job, a raise, or a promotion (approximately 62).