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Subsidized and Unsubsidized Employment

The ultimate goal of Project Empowerment is to place participants into unsubsidized employment, with the objectives of financial self-sufficiency, a permanent break from negative behavior and career advancement coupled with increased earnings. Participants gain important employability skills through subsidized and un-subsidized employment, educational programs (including Adult Basic Education, GED preparation, vocational skills training and on-the-job pre-apprenticeship training).

The subsidized employment opportunities for our participants will utilize a service centered positive career development model to effectively re-connect program participants with quality employment opportunities. Participants will not be allowed to work more than 40 hours per week. Participants will be paid only for actual time worked.
Project Empowerment re-connects participants to gainful employment opportunities. These employment opportunities coupled with occupational training opportunities and education offerings will provide participants with the tools to get hired and retain employment in high growth job industries. 
Occupational Skills Training 
Occupational Skills Training provides participants with the opportunity to develop specific, job-related skills and gain certifications that will launch them along their career path.  Participants recommended for Occupational Skills Training should have demonstrated consistency, dependability and an established interest in the training field. 

Eligibility Requirements

DC Residents eligible for Project Empowerment will meet the following requirements:

  • 22-54 of age
  • DC Resident (must have valid photo ID)
  • Currently unemployed
  • Not receiving any governmental assistance, such as TANF, SSI, etc (Food Stamps are permissible)

Participates must also demonstrate a substantial need for intensive employment assistance by exhibiting at least three (3) of the following:

  • Basic Skills deficiency (determined by CASAS testing score)
  • Lack of a secondary education credential (No High School Diploma or GED)
  • A documented history of substance abuse
  • Homelessness
  • A history of job cycling (not maintaining steady employment)
  • A conviction of a felony and/or previously incarcerated

How to Apply

Application Deadline: Poject Empowerment participates are enrolled in the program on a rolling basis.  Potential participates in Project Empowerment are referred directly from the American Job Centers located throughout the District of Columbia.