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GO PLACES helps justice-involved young adults prepare for employment through placement into paid work experiences, job training, and mentorship. GO PLACES is a three-year, grant-funded project operating in North Carolina and Tennessee. In partnership in Buncombe County with My Daddy Taught Me That and the SPARC Foundation, YWCA of Asheville serves woman-identifying and non-binary participants in the program.

The GO PLACES project at the YWCA will focus on woman-identifying and non-binary people who:

  • Are between the ages of 18 and 24.
  • Either live in Asheville’s highest poverty areas or who’ll return to those areas when their sentences are complete.
  • Were either forced out of school, have been on probation or parole, or incarcerated.
  • Have one or more risk factors associated with criminal activity, such as current or prior gang membership or a parent who is currently or formerly incarcerated.

Key features of GO PLACES include

  • Job training for jobs that are in demand in the Buncombe County labor market.
  • Two hundred hours of work experience. Options include on-the-job training, an apprenticeship, an internship, or paid or subsidized employment.
  • Access to classes at schools with short-term job training programs, such as A-B Tech and Blue Ridge Community College.

For More Information Contact:
Women’s Empowerment
or call 828-254-7206 ext. 104