The Career Development program provides help to lower-income participants to determine careers, identify postsecondary options, visits and helps them apply to area schools and/or develop resumes, and link them to area employers and prepare for interviews. This program is provided through a career development program to help participants determine careers. This program is important because it works to mitigate the unique postsecondary education and employment barriers that lower-income residents have. The results from this program are at least 120 participants will secure employment and at least 60 participants will transition to postsecondary schools.
Early Childhood Resiliency Curriculum
The Early Childhood Resiliency Curriculum program promotes the resiliency of young children that have been impacted by trauma to develop a path and goals that lead to lifelong success. This program will be built onto the existing Behavior Intervention Specialist project that provides for children ages 3-5 and their families for further support in the classroom and community setting. This program differs from others in Washington County due to the intensity and continuity of having a specialist on staff allowing for timely response. During the 2-year pay funding period, the Early Childhood Resiliency Curriculum program hopes to achieve the following: help children at risk to show increase in one of the total protective factors, help teachers gain knowledge and skills to support these students in the classroom, 80% of families will gain the knowledge and skill set to support their children at home, and all children and families will transition into kindergarten with a strong foundation and skill set to be successful.
Financial Capabilities Center
The Financial Capabilities Center program aims to help lower-income residents in Washington County make more informed decisions on how to spend their money, regardless of the income they have, by assessing their individual financial situations. They provide services such as weekly financial literacy classes and coaching sessions, free income tax preparation, a matched savings account program for those wanting to purchase a home, start/expand a small business, or attend a post-secondary institution. Blueprints is the only entity that provides a program like the Financial Capabilities Center. During the 2-year funding period, the Financial Capabilities Center hopes to achieve the following: at least 550 families will complete a financial literacy class and/or coaching session, 700 families will receive free income tax preparation services, and 30 families will acquire an asset.
Foster Care Extracurricular Activities Program
The Foster Care Extracurricular Activities Program strives to assist children that are in foster care with building natural support systems, engaging in school and having a sense of individual self-worth. The extracurricular activities provide these children with the opportunity to develop additional social skills, build relationships and establish connections with schools and communities. Blueprints is the only entity that provides this support and service to foster children in Washington County. During the 2-year funding period the Foster Care Extracurricular Activities Program hopes to accomplish: providing each of the estimated 150 children in need with at least one educational or school-related activity annually and one community activity annually.
Getting Ahead is a 16-week course that is meant to help it’s participants by breaking the cycle of poverty with goal setting in 11 target areas such as housing, transportation and financial literacy while also learning about systemic causes of poverty. This course is led by a case manager that helps to provide specialized services and help participants understand their resources and community. Blueprints is the only entity located in Washington County that provides a service like Getting Ahead. During the next 2-year-funding period Getting Ahead hopes to achieve the following: at least 30 families graduating from the program and 100% of these families will increase resources.
Home Ownership Center
The Home Ownership Center provided by Blueprints is meant to “operate as a one-stop-shop” that allows for participants to have access to services, products and training necessary when purchasing, building and managing a home. This program helps to reduce the number of cost-burden residents in Washington County and allows residents to not only be able to afford homes but continue to be financially stable to maintain owning a home. Blueprints is the only entity that provides a service like the Home Ownership Center. During the 2-year-funding period, the Home Ownership Center hopes to accomplish the following: have at least 110 residents purchase/build a home, at least 110 residents facing foreclosure will receive mitigation counseling, have roughly $10 million in total purchase prices and an increase to county, municipal and school district taxes.