Teach Me to Fish

Work Skills for Life

United Way’s Teach Me to Fish program creates new opportunities for hard-to-employ adults through job training services, financial education and life supports to eliminate barriers to employment.  The program helps adult helps residents in Westchester and Putnam, especially women and those who are disabled, who are facing chronic barriers and difficulties in job placement. Candidates are given a full job readiness assessment, provided with skills training needed for employment, placed in job-readiness program(s), assisted in finding a job, and then given support to maintain a job for three months. 

This past year through the Teach Me to Fish initiative:
  • 1,009 candidates were recruited
  • 338 individuals were placed in jobs, out of which 200 were women (59%).
  • 158 retained their jobs for at least 3 months.

United Way works with four partners on this initiative. CAREERS Support Solutions– Helps individuals with disabilities achieve the satisfaction of sustained gainful employment. Utilizes the one-to-one coaching model, the Job Club, and peer to peer role-playing activities.Family Services Society of Yonkers Trains individuals in personal care and home health care. Certified graduates are usually hired by FSSY and other organizations in this area of care in high demand.; Urban League of Westchester – enables African Americans to secure economic self-reliance. Their job training uses the STRIVE model for their Women’s Empowerment Program, moving women from public assistance into work.;  Westhab, Inc. Their services are designed for those with limited academic skills and work experience, and with a client-centered approach focuses on. 

In addition to program funding, United Way provides support services to participants in the Teach Me to Fish program through its 211 Helpline and financial empowerment program ALICE $ense. Also, the Women’s Leadership Council hosts Power of the Purse events for Teach Me to Fish participants.

Team Me to Fish is underwritten in part by Pepsico, KeyBank, and Hudson Valley Credit Union.