Job Training for Special Populations
Nonprofit organizations, higher education institutions
AmeriCorps is creating the AmeriCorps Seniors Workforce Development Senior Demonstration Program (WFD) to place AmeriCorps volunteers in projects that help older adults become certified and find employment in professional, skilled labor, or para-professional careers, as well as public health careers. Program priorities are supporting older adults in obtaining permanent employment through 1) training and/or certification for employment, and supports such as mentorship, coaching, transportation, and other forms of support, 2) mentoring and/or coaching in regular increments, including during pre- and post-employment placement, and 3) providing a competitive stipend to remove barriers for older adults’ service. The program is expected to distribute $5 million in grants.