Veterans & Youth Career Collaborative – Relief

2020-04-10 10:35:13

AreYouANonprofit: Yes

Legal-name: Veterans & Youth Career Collaborative

Previous-name:

Address: 4201 Long Beach Blvd., Ste., 304

City: Long Beach

State: CA

Zip: 90807

Tax-id: 812703017

Organizational-status: 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization / BPPE Approved Education Institution

Url-167: http://www.vycareer.org

Officer: Nelson A Varas – Executive Director

Annual: 250,000.00

ContactName: Nelson Varas

Title: Executive Director

Tel-952: 562-424-0038

SecondaryPhone: 626-506-5414

Email-765: nvaras@vycareer.org

GrantPurpose: Requesting grant to continue providing employement and housing support services to our Veterans, Youth and Community

TotalCost: 20,000.00

Requestedamount: 20,000.00

Periodoftime: Ongoing

Audienceserved: Unemployed Veterans, Homeless Veterans, Youth and Community in general

Demoofaudience: All Audiences

Numberofserved: 120+

District: Districts 1-9 (all Discrits)

Funding: Immediately

1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? : Veterans & Youth Career Collaborative (VYCC) is a Veteran Founded and Veteran Operated approved 501 (c)(3) approved non-profit organization. Veterans & Youth Career Collaborative has become to be known by Veterans, adults and youth in our communities as a place that they can go for No-Cost career and social services support. At the core of our organization, we are devoted to helping our Veterans and youth. Our holistic approach is providing career supportive services with an emphasize on “Community Partner Collaboration” and empowering individuals to develop their interpersonal skills of problem-solving, planning, and time management which are highly sought-after professional skills in today’s’ demanding workforce in all industry sectors.
Veterans & Youth Career Collaborative (VYCC) works in partnership with collaborating community organizations in providing our unemployed Veterans and Youth (ages 18 and over) with employment barriers through many methods of social services, to assist with many of the disadvantages and career endeavors. The current challenges that our Veterans and youth with employment barriers have with employment obtainment and retention with local/ regional businesses, is that some businesses at times are apprehensive in hiring adults with limited education or training.
Veterans & Youth Career Collaborative (VYCC) focuses in placing Veterans and Youth in gainful employment in high demand industry sectors which include Logistics and Supply Chain, Information Technology (IT), Office Occupations, Industrial Safety, Manufacturing and Public Security. We focus our efforts in these specific high demand industry sectors for two main reasons; Being that we believe that in general, these industries are naturally consistently high in employment demand. The South Bay area of Southern California with its local international airports and ports has a high concentration of these industries. Also, the ongoing development and renovation and of our city’s infrastructure also the Greater Los Angeles, provide constant opportunities for employment especially through industry partners in these multiple industry sectors.

2. What disaster recovery service will be provided by this grant? 
Veterans & Youth Career Collaborative (VYCC) is consistently collaborating with most of our local community work force and housing organizations in providing No-Cost implement service support to our veterans and youth (ages 18 and over). VYCC’s target audience for services is our Veterans and youth with employment barriers, through diverse social services methods in assisting them with many of the disadvantages of their career endeavors. VYCC is convinced that the current challenges that our Veterans and youth with employment barriers have with employment obtainment and retention with local/ regional businesses. Social Statically findings indicate that certain businesses at times are apprehensive in hiring our Veterans or youth with limited education, industry specific training, at risk population or handicaps.
The disaster recovery service that VYCC has already been providing, is focusing on helping our Veterans and youth obtain meaningful employment in high demand industry sectors which include Logistics-Supply Chain, Information Technology (IT), Office Occupations, Industrial Safety, Manufacturing and Public Security. We focus our efforts in these specific high demand industry sectors for two main reasons. Reason one, being that we believe that in general, these industries are naturally consistently high in employment demand. Reason two, is that the South Bay are of Southern California has a high concentration employment demand in these industries. The ongoing development and renovation and of our city’s infrastructure provides constant opportunities for gainful employment. Additional community services, making a community computer lab available, resume preparation workshops, job referrals, interview attire referrals and housing referrals.

What disaster recovery service will be provided by this grant?
With this grant if provided, Veterans & Youth Career Collaborative (VYCC) will able to continue to provide the disaster recovery services that we have already been providing, which is focusing on helping our Veterans and youth obtain meaningful employment in high demand industry sectors which include Logistics-Supply Chain, Information Technology (IT), Office Occupations, Industrial Safety-Construction, and Public Security. We will continue to focus our efforts in these specific high demand industry sectors for multiple reasons; a basis considered is that we believe that in general, these industries are naturally consistently high in employment demand and that will continue to be of higher demand during this social employment crisis. Another, important basis, is that the South Bay are of Southern California has a high concentration employment demand in these industry sectors. The ongoing development and renovation and of our city’s infrastructure including our surrounding Greater Los Angeles areas provide constant opportunities for gainful employment. In addition, the community services that VYCC provides are the following; always making a community computer lab always available, resume preparation workshops, job referrals, interview attire referrals and housing referrals.
Operating with minimal staff and a very limited operating budget, VYCC with great sacrifice and dedicated persistence has continuously provided these social services in our community throughout this pandemic that our country is experiencing. VYCC has complete intentions of continuing to provide these services to our community until it is no longer able to do so due to an insufficient Operating Budget or if this COVID-19 virus affects our staff.

3. What individuals (and/or organizations) will you assist? : Veterans & Youth Career Collaborative (VYCC) has recently been specifically helping and providing services to unemployed veterans with employment supportive services, many of who are struggling with homeless situations or that are at risk of becoming homeless. Since the beginning of this pandemic, our organization made the decision to make our services available to everyone in our community that is in need of our community services.
Our collaborating partnering organizations that VYCC continuously provides community services are:
 Pacific Gateway Workforce Innovation Network (PGWIN-AJCC), Long Beach, CA
 UAW-LETC Los Angeles Work Source (UAW-AJCC), South Los Angeles, CA
 United States Veterans Initiative (US VETS), Long Beach, CA (Homeless Veterans Program)
 Volunteers of America of Los Angeles (VOALA), Compton, CA
 Volunteers of America of Los Angeles (VOALA), West Covina, CA (HFVVWF Program)
(Homeless Female Veterans and Veterans with Families-HFVVWF)
 Volunteers of America of Greater Los Angeles (VOALA), Los Angeles, CA (IVTP Program)
 (Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program-IVTP)

4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount?: We have received None to date.

5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for? : Currently we are in the process of seeking and welcome information of any other disaster recovery grant funds available.
Our organization was fortunate enough to find out about this Disaster Relief Grant through a weekly Wednesday COVID-19 community webinar conducted by Mr. Eric Serrato, Director of Pacific Gateway Workforce Innovation Network (PGWIN-AJCC), Long Beach, CA. If it wasn’t for persons like this gentleman doing as much as he does for our community during this time of crisis, is what makes it possible for organizations like ours to be able to continue providing employment social services to our community.

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