Career development program for youth at Home Forward
NextGen is a gateway to education, job training, and employment, for 17-24 year olds. NextGen will help you plan, prepare, and launch a career in a high demand field. We have advisors and coaches to help you along the way, with:
- Incentives for Completion
- Occupational Training
- Resume Building
- Paid Internships
- Scholarship Opportunities
- Career Coaching
- Financial Education
- Job Placement Assistance
- Interview Practice
- Soft Skills Workshops
- Career Planning
How NextGen works, and how it can work for you!
Through a series of classes, get a sense of which specialized career path speaks to you. Explore one or several tracks before you start Career Bridges.
Participants will have opportunities to be placed with a mentor, who will provide guidance and insight from various work sectors, in line with your ambitions and interests.
Getting a job is one thing. Keeping it is the critical next step. The skills to do so are as important as the technical skills needed to perform in the workplace.
Home Forward will work with you to ensure your success and ability to thrive in NextGen. We can help with class fees, books, tutoring, transportation, and more!
With NextGen, all participants gain professional work experience in four in-demand fields:
*The length of Career Bridges is subject to change.
21st Century Skills
NextGen offers fun group workshops on proven major strengths and skills that will help you succeed in school, career, and well into the future:
A high school-level education improves your chances of getting hired, and increases your earning potential. GED or high school equivalency also offers you the benefit of more opportunities to continue your education. With employers seeking higher educational requirements, college is increasingly advantageous. NextGen can help you find courses related to your career interests, get relevant certifications, and even earn degrees! All of these educational pathways show employers your commitment to ongoing development, and make you marketable.
Eligibility and How to Participate
- If you are a currently enrolled student, you must be age 17-21. If you’re not in school, you must be age 17-24.
- You must live in Home Forward housing or be a Section 8 participant.
- The quickest way to find out if you are eligible, about all information, and upcoming orientation sessions, is to call the NextGen Coordinator and talk.
We can’t wait to work with you!
This program is financed in whole or in part with funds provided through Worksystems, Inc. from the US Department of Labor, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the City of Portland. NextGen and WorkSource Portland Metro are equal opportunity programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. To place a free relay call in Oregon dial 711.