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JobTrain, Inc.

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Causes: Adult Education, Children & Youth, Education, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Job Training, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Our Mission: JobTrain is committed to helping those who are most in need to succeed.  Our purpose is to transform the lives of people in our community through assessment, attitude and job skills training, and high potential career placement. Our Vision: We create a unique opportunity for people to develop personal and career goals, and to achieve their aspirations by acquiring relevant skills and positive attitudes about themselves and their potential.  People are drawn to JobTrain for our high-value training, effective personal development programs, impressive results, and respect for the individual.  JobTrain delivers on the promise of a better life. Our Philosophy and Beliefs: We believe in the dignity and potential of every individual. We believe that with opportunity and motivation, people will help themselves. We believe that people need and want a hand up, not a hand out.

Results: In Fiscal Year 2017, JobTrain’s placement and retention rates for its vocational training were high: 83% completed their training program; 81% of these graduates were placed in jobs, and of these 85% had a job one year later and many had been promoted. For our population of formerly incarcerated participants, our recidivism rate is 37%, well below the statewide average of almost 60%.

Target demographics: Low-income adults, youth, and children from East Palo Alto, east Menlo Park, and Redwood City, CA.

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 7,000. Of these, 66% were adults and 34% were youth; 95% had very or extremely low income. 34% of our vocational training program students were formerly incarcerated.

Geographic areas served: East Palo Alto, CA; east Menlo Park, CA; Redwood City, CA

Programs: Through JobTrain’s career training, job placement and support services, we help people transform their lives from poverty and unemployment to financial stability and sustainable careers. Career training programs include: Business Administration, Coding - Web Developer Bootcamp; Culinary Arts, Laborers Construction Fundamentals, Medical Assistant, Professional Health Care Worker, & Project Build: Carpenters Pre-Apprenticeship/Green Technology. To help students further their careers, through a partnership with Cañada College, graduates of our Business Administration, Coding Bootcamp earn college credits.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of Job Train for over 20 years (back when it was known as OICW). I am so impressed with the work that they do and their clients' success rates. This is truly an effective organization that is helping people out of poverty by providing education, hands-on training, mentoring, and childcare. Their clients are motivated and dedicated to improving their situations through hard work and an interest in learning new marketable skills.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with JobTrain for the past seven years. They give people the tools they need to transform their lives. They help their clients launch new careers and break out of the community’s existing cycle of poverty, low education levels, homelessness, drugs, crime, and prison. I am proud to be associated with this great organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is an organization that consistently helps those who are most in need in the community. From offering them clothing, training and job placement, the staff and faculty are amongst the most dedicated and selfless people in the country. They quietly, efficiently and successfully accomplish the incomparable mission of giving people the dignity of a job, and have manage to do so on a lean budget. The impact of this non-profit cannot be overstated. The country needs a JobTrain in every neighbourhood.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have worked with Jobtrain on the fundraising level for many years and am constantly amazed by both the staff and participants. Each individual's story is unique and Jobtrain provides the education and tools necessary to make significant career strides, ultimately changing one's life.