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ASSETS is a federally funded Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), which enables older adults to achieve gainful employment and personal development through community service while earning wages. The services are free to applicants who meet program guidelines.
Who does ASSETS serve?
Alameda County residents 55 and older, with limited income as defined by federal guidelines.
What are the goals of ASSETS?
To upgrade and enhance employment skills, and to provide recent work experience to enable the participant to move on to unsubsidized employment
- To become involved with community service agencies
- To provide participants with supplemental income
NO. This is a community service assignment/work experience program to be used as a stepping-stone to move on to a permanent part-time or full-time unsubsidized job.
How many hours per week will the participant work?
The program participant will work 20 hours per week, gaining on the job skills training.
What will ASSETS pay the participant while in training?
ASSETS pays the current federal minimum wage of $8.00 per hour while working
What are the additional services of the program?
- Formal computer classroom training to enhance the program participant’s skills
- Program participants receive career assessment and counseling
- Provide follow-up job assistance for one year after a participant enters unsubsidized employment
- At no cost, ASSETS will recruit, screen and train mature workers to match employers’ needs
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How do we know the Measure Y violence prevention programs work?
Three percent (3%) of the Measure Y funds are dedicated to violence prevention and police services are budgeted for evaluation. The Oakland City Administrator’s Office oversees the contract administration of the Measure Y evaluation. The following findings are from the Measure Y Evaluation reports for Fiscal Year 2008-09 and from the Preliminary Fiscal Year 2009-10 report:
- Truancy and juvenile crime is reduced among participants and adult parolees are less likely to violate parole when in a Measure Y program
- Youth in the programs showed improved school outcomes (staying in school, graduating from high school or getting a GED) after they enrolled in a Measure Y program
- Programs are effectively engaging high-risk individuals, serving those with serious and offense histories
- Nearly all eligible Oakland youth exiting Juvenile Hall were re-enrolled in an OUSD school or education program. The average reenrollment time shrunk from over a week to just over one day.
- Street Outreach worker presence reduces crime in the areas targeted for outreach. The crime rate in all four targeted areas was significantly lower on days when street outreach events were held.
How does my organization apply for Measure Y funding?
55 years old.
Do you have to be a resident of Oakland to join the Senior Center?
What are the benefits of becoming a Senior Center member?
How much does it cost to become a member?
The membership cost is $12 per year, which is prorated each month after January.
If I am a member of one Center does that mean that I am considered a member of another Center and get a discount on that Centers' activities?
Senior Companions are healthy older adults who help other adults (frail and or socially isolated) to live independently as possible.