Foundation awarded Youth One Stop contract for two years 

The Chamber Foundation, Inc.—the fundraising branch of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce—is pleased to announce it has been awarded the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board’s Dutchess County Youth One Stop Program for two years.

“All of the proposals were very strong and uniquely qualified,” said Laraine Kautz, Executive Director of the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board. “At the end of the process, the Youth One Stop Program, now at The Chamber Foundation, was selected because of the impressive program that the team has created.  They meet the young adults where they are in life and elevate them to where they can succeed in the workforce.  They did a remarkable job in the first two years, learning curve and all. It will be exciting to see how their experience and very ambitious vision grows Youth One Stop over the next two years.”

Youth One Stop, formerly under the auspices of The Chamber, is a comprehensive education and job-training program utilizing local resources to benefit at-risk youth in Dutchess County.

“The Youth One Stop is a great program that motivates and pushes us to work towards the goals we want for ourselves and helps us when we feel we are not where we want to be in life and are not sure how to get there,” said Tatiana Cintron, a Youth One Stop participant.

The program is open to income-eligible Dutchess County youth—including youth with disabilities and youth in foster care ages 16-29—who are facing obstacles inhibiting them from completing school, finishing their High School Equivalency or gaining employment.  Participants explore career options in the community and gain practical experience through jobs and internships as well as gaining access to tutoring, mentorship and degree/certification programs.  

“The Youth One Stop and its staff of mentors has made a name for itself as a valuable asset to the community and of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce for two years. Now, under The Chamber Foundation, can only grow and continue to contribute to the county’s economic growth by supporting employers and job seekers through its resources and services,” said Frank Castella, Jr., President and CEO of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and President of The Chamber Foundation, Inc. “We are proud to work cooperatively with the DC WIB and the more than 30 community agencies we partner with on a regular basis to deliver exceptional mentoring to our participants.”

The Dutchess County Youth One Stop provides access to skilled, pre-screened workers for employers as well as on-the-job and customized training opportunities. For the job seeker, career preparation and counseling, training or employment advancement opportunities and a full service resource room are also available.

“The Youth One Stop is amazing; through all my ups and downs they [are] right there by my side. My case manager does everything in her power to find a solution to any problem that I have. They’re truly a blessing and wonderful people to have during the good and bad times of my life,” said Takeisha Smith, a Youth One Stop participant.

For a full list of services and more information, visit the Dutchess County Youth One Stop website at www.myyos.org or call (845) 454-7629. The Dutchess County Youth One Stop is located at One Civic Center Plaza, Suite 407 in Poughkeepsie.

The Chamber Foundation, Inc. aims toprovide educational opportunities, develop leadership skills and foster a commitment to community service for youth and the workforce. For more about the Chamber Foundation, visit www.chamberfdn.org