The District of Columbia Project Empowerment Program (PE) provides supportive services, adult basic
education, job coaching, employability, life skills and limited vocational training, and job search assistance to
District of Columbia residents living in areas with high unemployment and/or poverty levels. PE seeks to help
alleviate widespread joblessness among the District’s hard-to-serve population with multiple employment
barriers and successfully move them into the workforce.
The District of Columbia residents who benefit from our services must be:
22-54 years old
District of Columbia resident (as verified through DMV records, lease, or judgment/commitment papers)
Not receiving government assistance, such as TANF or Unemployment Compensation (Food Stamps are acceptable)
Not currently using any illegal substances (there will be a urinalysis conducted at Orientation)
assistance by exhibiting at least three (3) of the following:
Basic skills deficiency, demonstrated by a lack of sufficient mastery of basic educational skills exhibited by CASAS scores below the 8th grade reading level and/or an English language deficiency with an inability to speak, read, or write the English language
Lack of secondary school educational credential (high school diploma or its recognized equivalent, “General Educational Development”)
A documented history of substance abuse
A history of Job Cycling in which he/she has not maintained employment for more than one (1) consecutive quarter in the past eight (8) quarters, as verified through UI Wage Bumps
A conviction of a felony
The Project Empowerment Program has seven structured components:
on how the program works. Urinalysis will be conducted during orientation.
such as substance abuse treatment, transportation assistance, physical or mental health treatment, child care,
business attire, housing, and nutrition.
focuses on successful entry into the workforce.
employment, educational programs (including Adult Basic Education, GED preparation, vocational skills training, and
on-the-job pre-apprenticeship training).
ensure that they have necessary support to succeed on the job.
Project Empowerment Orientation Registration
Reduce recidivism among previously incarcerated participants
Enhance public safety
Develop job-ready individuals who will serve as assets to the District’s workforce
Ensure program sustainability through periodic enhancements and special initiatives