Creating First Impressions.Org is a nonprofit organization providing career and education consulting through a curriculum dedicated to create a better sense of career adaptability amongst at-risk youth ages 14-25 in the greater San Diego area. This program partners with local community agencies, inner city schools, shelters, and the juvenile court system. Creating First Impressions goal is to facilitate a program that teach at risk youth life skills and career planning. This includes interpersonal effectiveness, confronting employment objectives, resume writing, mock interviewing, and college planning. It is through this program that young adults and teenagers will have the opportunity to set goals and learn how to navigate through them with the guidance of facilitators with experience in these topics.
In an effort to combat homelessness, addiction, violence and poverty, we will support this population in practicing career adaptability. Career Adaptability is a psychosocial construct that denotes an individual’s readiness and resources for coping with current and imminent vocational developmental task, occupational transitions, and personal traumas (Brown, S & Lent, R 2005).
Research shows that adolescents higher in career adaptability have a greater sense of thriving and are more successful in mastering vocational transitions. Research also indicates youth participating in workforce development programs have improved employment outcomes, modest increases in earnings and develop both hard-and soft-skills that will help them find and maintain employment.
In 2015-2016, CFI aspires to provide its Career Adaptability Core program to 100 disadvantaged youth through partnerships with at least two youth-serving organizations. It has already piloted a successful program with high school juniors impacted by homelessness at The Monarch School and as a result, 15 San Diego youth have developed the skills and the started to build a roadmap to their employment future.
This structured program will be in effort to break the cycle of poverty and addiction among youth by giving them a sense of responsibility, clear goals, and the skills to reach these goals. This program will provide the life skills training and transformation that empower youth to accomplish the goals they need to be successful contributing members of society.
Creating First Impressions (CFI) is a program created in the direct response to the growing number of young people that are either falling through the cracks. The goal of this program is to add value to an already engaged education system and established community that have identified this population as at-risk. This program will complement other existing programs that provide housing, education and therapeutic intervention to those that may have a turbulent transition to adulthood.
CFI will assist and compliment other interventions and leave these young adults with added tools and resources to launch them into their career or educational development.
Introducing The CFI Social Committee
A group of special Philanthropic individuals who were carefully selected for this exclusive group due to their collective skills of high integrity , intelligence, perseverance and the desire to give back to our local Community through hard work and charitable hearts. The Social Committee seeks to expand community support and awareness for CFI by hosting, planning, and fundraising for the Career Empowerment Program.
- Ingrid Fioroni
- Resah Hage
- Jessica Sobel
- Tiffany Yacullo
- Sonia Mahfouz
- Michelle Mirandon
- Keri James
- Bree Bornstein
- Shannon Hall
- Annie Greenleaf
- Parker Cox