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TREK Project ~ Teamwork, Readiness, Experience, and Knowledge

TREKYouth drop out of high school for a variety of reasons: Some are teen parents and have jobs and family responsibilities. Some suffer from drug and alcohol addiction, homelessness or abuse. Some are just not interested in what high school has to offer or see it as irrelevant to their lives.
No matter the reason, navigating through life without a high school diploma or GED is not easy.

To combat this problem, KRFDC has been awarded a grant to help youth who have dropped out of school obtain their GED. This new initiative, The Teamwork, Readiness, Experience & Knowledge Project (TREK) will provide services to 30 out-of-school youth, ages 16-18, in Clark, Estill and Powell counties.

Program recruitment focuses on: (1) high school dropouts, ages 16-18 years old, (2) pregnant or parenting youth, (3) youth seeking employment, and (4) youth requiring additional help to complete their education or to obtain or retain employment.

TREK staff will work to help youth and their families with any problems that present themselves during the program year, as well as during the follow up year. TREK will be able to help participants with transportation, clothing, supplies, and with the scheduling of required testing.

Visits will be made to colleges to increase awareness of educational opportunities. Program participants will prepare work and educational portfolios that include resumes, National Career
Readiness Certificates, and other credentials earned during the program. Participants will design and participate in community service projects and leadership activities. Additionally, participants will be provided the opportunity and encouragement to showcase their talents at the regional WIA competition near the end of the project year.

TREK will partner with local college admissions, financial aid, and other resources to secure assistance for each youth entering post secondary education. TREK will also partner with local employers to provide job shadowing opportunities, mentors, guest speakers, and work experience.

With GED completion and receipt of other credentials; fulfillment of educational functioning levels goals; and employment, participants can receive cash incentives.

For more information contact Tony Crachiolo, TREK Program Coordinator or Linda Huettner, Assistant Youth Coordinator.

Clark County
32 Meadow Street
Winchester, KY 40391
Estill County
209 River Drive
Irvine, KY 40336
Powell County
212 10th Ave.
Clay City, KY 40312

TREK is funded through a grant provided by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Investment Act and is passed through the Bluegrass Area Development District.