Workforce Development & Training

The Indianapolis Urban League’s Community Access & Reintegration Effort (CARE) Program is designed to transition returning citizens back into the community with support in acquiring and retaining employment and reducing recidivism.  The goal of the CARE Program is to provide returning citizens a continuum of supportive wraparound services throughout their adjustment to community living over a one-year period.  The program assists individuals 18 years of age and older (non-violent & non-sexual offenders) who are unemployed or underemployed and/or are currently receiving TANF or food assistance in Marion County or surrounding counties.  CARE participants will have offenses three years old or less or have been released no more than three years.

The Indianapolis Urban League’s New Beginnings Program will serve as an entry point and weeding mechanism to identify clients for the CARE Program.  CARE participants complete the two-week New Beginnings Program which covers topics ranging from goal setting, diversity in the workplace, utilizing social media, resume and cover letter writing to interviewing and job retention strategies.  CARE participants will also have access to vocational training, financial self-sufficiency, assistance in gaining employment, and other wraparound services as needed.  After successfully completing the program, CARE participants receive priority job placement assistance with our Preferred Employers.  IUL will also target these services to families and significant others of these clients so that maximum impact results from our wraparound services.

Assisting returning citizens with obtaining employment and reintegrating into the community will contribute to their sense of belonging, give them a positive alternative to the revolving door of incarceration and reduce recidivism.   Successful program completers will have demonstrated a willingness and desire to complete an intensive work readiness training program to improve their employability skills and knowledge.  Mastering these skills will help them to seek, secure and retain employment, which increases their chances to become self-sufficient and reduce recidivism.  All program completers will have successfully completed a minimum of 40 hours in work readiness while co-enrolled in the New Beginnings Program.

Successful CARE program completers will also be eligible to seek admission into the following IUL Workforce Development programs or services:

  • Intensive Work Readiness Assistance (New Beginnings, CARE, and Professional Advantage completers only)
  • Professional Advantage Boot Camp (Must meet program requirements)
  • Preferred Employer Program

Anyone interested in the CARE Program or other IUL Workforce Development Programs should contact the Indianapolis Urban League at (317) 693-7603 for additional information.

The Indianapolis Urban League’s Professional Advantage Program is geared towards assisting individuals with college degrees, professional certifications, and/or at least 10 years of verifiable professional work experience that have struggled with securing employment.  The program assists individuals 18 years of age and older who are unemployed or underemployed in Marion County or surrounding counties.  Professional Advantage offers workforce development workshops over a three-day period covering topics ranging from networking, branding, key words, industry specific terminology, transferable skills, goal setting, diversity in the workplace, utilizing social media, professional certifications, money management, professional affiliations, resume and cover letter writing to interviewing and job retention strategies.  After successfully completing the program, participants receive priority job placement assistance with our Preferred Employers.

A Professional Advantage Program participant must successfully complete the three-day training program (4 hours each day) before being referred to any other training program or receive intensive supportive services from the IUL.  Successful program completers will have demonstrated a willingness and desire to complete an intensive work readiness training program to improve their employability skills and knowledge. Mastering these skills will help them to seek, secure and retain employment, which increases their chances to become self-sufficient.

Active program participants and program completers who successfully complete the Professional Advantage Program are eligible to utilize the Resource Center to update resumes, cover letters, send faxes to employers, and complete on-line applications or other job search activities.  Successful program completers will also be eligible to seek admission into the following IUL Workforce Development programs or services:

  • Community Access & Reintegration Efforts (CARE) Program (Ex-Offenders)
  • New Beginnings Program (Must meet eligibility requirements)
  • Intensive Work Readiness Assistance (New Beginnings and Professional Advantage completers only)
  • Preferred Employer Program

Anyone interested in the Professional Advantage Program or other IUL Workforce Development Programs should contact the Indianapolis Urban League at (317) 693-7603 for additional information.

The Indianapolis Urban League’s New Beginnings Program is designed to help individuals successfully transition from assistance, incarceration, unemployment or underemployment to self-sufficiency.  The program assists individuals 18 years of age and older (non-violent & non-sexual offenders) who are unemployed or underemployed and/or are currently receiving TANF or food assistance in Marion County or surrounding counties.  New Beginnings offers workforce development workshops over a two-week period (9:00am-1:00pm) covering topics ranging from goal setting, diversity in the workplace, utilizing social media, resume and cover letter writing to interviewing and job retention strategies.  After successfully completing the program, participants graduate from the program and receive priority job placement assistance with our Preferred Employers.

A New Beginnings program participant must successfully complete the 10-day training program (4 hours each day) before being referred to any other training program or receive intensive supportive services from the IUL.  Successful program completers will have demonstrated a willingness and desire to complete an intensive work readiness training program to improve their employability skills and knowledge. Mastering these skills will help them to seek, secure and retain employment, which increases their chances to become self-sufficient.

Active program participants and program completers who successfully complete the New Beginnings Program are eligible to utilize the Resource Center to update resumes, cover letters, send faxes to employers, and complete on-line applications or other job search activities.  Successful program completers will also be eligible to seek admission into the following IUL Workforce Development programs or services:

  • Community Access & Reintegration Efforts (CARE) Program (Ex-Offenders)
  • Intensive Work Readiness Assistance (New Beginnings and Professional Advantage completers only)
  • Professional Advantage Boot Camp (New Beginnings participants ineligible for enrollment)
  • Preferred Employer Program

Anyone interested in the New Beginnings Program or other IUL Workforce Development Programs should contact the Indianapolis Urban League at (317) 693-7603 for additional information.