The overarching goal of One Family’s Credential to Career Coaching program (C2C) is to help parents who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness identify pathways into family-sustaining careers, thereby breaking the cycle of poverty. To achieve this, C2C helps parents determine what career to pursue based on their skills and interests, where to obtain any necessary credentials, and how to finance their education or training.
At the end of the program, each participant has created a detailed and actionable plan to enter a career that can support their family. C2C takes place over three intensive months, plus a year of follow-up coaching support to ensure each parent stays on track to their established goals. The program includes both group workshops (to convey foundational information on credentials and career paths) and one-on-one coaching (to apply this information and construct each participant’s individual plan).
During FFY 2021, we anticipate running 5 cohorts of 10-20 parents. In past cohorts, just under 50% of the parents served were SNAP eligible. The program takes place in two key phases: “Exploration” and “Planning.”
During the Exploration phase, participants work with their One Family coach to identify their skills and interests, and align them with careers that can support a family. This phase also builds up participants’ knowledge of the different types of credentials; the connection between credentials, career paths, and earnings potential; and the different types of universities and training programs, along with key metrics for evaluating them.
After the Exploration phase, participants synthesize what they have learned and make decisions about credentials and career paths in the Planning phase. Herein, the focus shifts toward creating each parent’s personal roadmap, outlining the key steps they will follow to obtain their credential (if needed) and enter their chosen career. This includes creating a budget and planning to finance their credential; detailing the steps to apply and enroll in credential programs, including deadlines, key tasks, and resources needed; mapping how the credential will lead into their chosen career path; and planning considerations for common obstacles to success such as stress management, childcare, and transportation.
This program is offered remotely.