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Program Overview

Women’s Bean Project offers a public way to address chronic unemployment, recidivism, welfare dependency and a host of other challenges. The social enterprise model gives Women’s Bean Project a sustainable way to achieve its mission.

Over the course of our 6-9 month program, each woman earns a steady paycheck and receives support services to overcome barriers to employment through job readiness, interpersonal and life skills needed to become self-sufficient in the workplace and community. As a result – it ushers women with significant barriers into the economic mainstream.

Stabilization/Removing Employment Barriers
Immediately after a woman is hired, a case plan is developed and access to services to meet basic needs such as housing, transportation, child care, and health care are available.

Life-Skills Classes to Enhance Employability
Weekly classes on topics such as goal setting, budgeting, and empowerment promote growth in self-confidence, self-worth and responsibility. As well as, classes such as computer training, mock interviews and job search techniques impart crucial tools needed for employment.

1-on-1 Mentoring
Weekly one-on-one mentoring is more than the transfer of advice, knowledge and insights. The relationship between a Women’s Bean Project mentor and program participant offers reciprocal benefits. In addition to resume development our objective is to build competence and confidence in professional employment by guiding and supporting program participants in ways that are self-empowering and designed to enhance professional development.

Fundamental Job Readiness Training
Work readiness training teaches core competencies including problem-solving, critical thinking, oral communication, work ethic and habits, interpersonal skills, teamwork, adaptability, and technological skills.  To prepare participants for the workplace, work readiness training also addresses potentially problematic perceptions, habits, and behaviors through practical experience in our food production business and classroom training, teaching workplace norms such as good attitude, timeliness, accountability, and the ability to follow directions.

Example of skill focus areas:

  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Workplace appearance
  • Taking initiative
  • Quality of work
  • Communication skills
  • Response to supervision
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving / critical-thinking
  • Workplace culture policy and safety
  • Specific technical and industry skills
  • Individualized Supported Job Search
    When performance evaluations indicate job readiness, each woman receives job search support from their mentor and staff as she transitions from the program to a career entry-level job.

    Throughout the course of 6-9 months, we work with Program Participants to help them discover their capabilities, talents and interests.

    As they approach the end of the program, participants will decide whether to further their education, access more training through another community nonprofit, or search for a new job.