The Work Appreciation for Youth (WAY)
About This Program
Target Population: Adolescent boys and girls in residential treatment facilities or foster care
For children/adolescents ages: 12 – 18
The WAY program was designed to help youth make a successful transition back to their home communities, and gain the attitudes and skills needed to become productive and self-sufficient adults.
The WAY program features a progression of learning and responsibility in replicated job settings and real employment. It also has a counseling component providing a five-year commitment to residents who reach the highest level of the program.
The goals of the The Work Appreciation for Youth (WAY) program are:
- Help young people finish high school allowing successful entry into adult employment
- Instill positive feelings about education and work
- Teach young people skills for getting and holding a job
- Help participants plan for their futures and acquire a sense of control over their lives
The essential components of The Work Appreciation for Youth (WAY) include:
- Educational Advocacy:
- Work with adolescent to set educational goals
- Work with school staff to assist progress
- Provide tutoring and other resources for school success
- Develop individual plan for college or vocational education tailored to the preparedness of the student
- Work Experience:
- Provide replicated work experience to develop attitudinal job skills
- Develop workshops to teach workplace behavior, interviewing, and the resolution of work conflicts
- Provide onsite job coaching for residents in community jobs
- Provide vocational counseling to explore a wider variety of career paths
- Assist to develop career oriented job placements
- Provide budget and financial literacy training
- Develop short-term savings goals
- Develop long-term savings goals
- Provide a 1:1 savings match for savings towards education goals
- Long-term Supportive Mentoring and Counseling:
- Provide long-term (five years) supportive counseling, particularly in the community
- Assist youth with developing independent living skills, particularly by work in the community
- Assist youth in developing planning skills and ability to work through real life problems independently
- Assist youth in understanding and navigating issues in transitioning to adulthood
The Work Appreciation for Youth (WAY) directly provides services to children/adolescents and addresses the following:
- Living in residential treatment facilities or foster care.
Contact intensity can vary depending on the age and needs of the young people in the program. Young people meet with their counselor at least twice each month.
Young people are expected to work a minimum of 6 hours a week. They make a five-year commitment to the program.
This program is typically conducted in a(n):
- Residential Care Facility
This program does not include a homework component.
Resources Needed to Run Program
The typical resources for implementing the program are:
- Conference room with space for breakout groups
- Computer and projector for Power Point presentations
- Flip chart and markers
- Three trainers
- Job placement resources
- Sufficient funding for long-term aspects of the program
Education and Training
Prerequisite/Minimum Provider Qualifications
Counselors: Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree and three years experience with an adolescent population. Supervisors: Master of Social Work (MSW) and five years supervisory experience.
Education and Training Resources
There is a manual that describes how to implement this program , and there is training available for this program.
- Richard Larson, Director of Program Scholarship and Aftercare
The Children's Village
phone: (914) 693-0600 x1492
Training is obtained:
Contact The Children's Village
Number of days/hours:
Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research
Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for The Work Appreciation for Youth (WAY).
American Youth Policy Forum. (2001). More things that DO make a difference for youth: A compendium of evaluations of youth programs and practices, Vol. II, same.
Dale, N., Baker, A. J. L., & Racine, D. (1999). Lessons learned: What the WAY program can teach us about program replication. Washington, DC: American Youth Policy Forum.
Youth programs that work for America and making children a national priority: A framework for community action, published by The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA).
- Richard Larson
- Title: Director of Program Scholarship and Aftercare
- Agency/Affiliation: The Children's Village
- Website: childrensvillage.org/community-based-programs/the-way-home
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (914) 693-0600 x6201
- Fax: (914) 693-7775
Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2014
Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: September 2006
Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: September 2006