The City of Youngstown, CIRV, and Flying High, Inc (FHI) formed cohorts of approximately 15 individuals enrolled in their Professional Development Center (PDC) who did not have a driver's license. This cohort was allocated stipends of $500 or more per person to pay fees, fines, training, classes, or other barriers to licensure. If the client did not need the entire stipend to obtain a license, that money was used to add additional clients to the cohort. For this portion of the initiative, $7,500 was allocated for direct services to the cohort in obtaining driver's licenses.
Thus far, 11 individuals have achieved their driver privileges due to the Licensed for Success Job Access Initiative, and approximately another 10 are in the process of obtaining it; for a total of 22 individuals, the program has positively affected.
Mayor Jamael Tito Brown
$2,500 will be used to analyze data collected from FHI clientele
to produce a concise and compelling case study.
The City Systems research portion of the grant has allowed us to work together beyond the grant to help individuals who had more dire circumstances.
The systems research has helped our partner agencies navigate and understand the sometimes convoluted system and create partnerships for support.
HOW IT WORKS
Outreach and Promotion of the Licensed for Success Program are done in the Community.
The client comes to Flying High PDC (Professional Development Center).
The client is registered and screened for employment barriers.
The client meets with a Case Manager to Develop a Customized Employment plan to overcome employment barriers. Drivers' Licensed needs are assessed.
The client is provided financial support services with Licensed for Success funds.
The client continues to meet with the case manager until all employment barriers are overcome.
The client is referred to a job developer and placed in employment.
The client is contacted six months post-job placement for continued support.
BEFORE DRIVE TO SUCCESS
Over $5000 in fines & fees
No previous DL
AFTER DRIVE TO SUCCESS
Working with a trucking company
Was able to get custody of his son.