Restoration Academy luncheon honors participants

Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman met with participants of the most recent Restoration Academy cohort for a luncheon held on Friday, May 22, 2015, along with stakeholders from the City of Columbus, community organizations and local employers who are dedicated to giving restored citizens a second chance.

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The Restoration Academy is a six month work experience program provided by the City of Columbus. The goal of the academy this year is to provide more than 50 restored citizens in Franklin County with various work experience programs, which will result in successful employment with private agencies or the city. This internship will provide the participants with options to receive specialized skills training, wrap around services, and supportive services, all provided by the partnering agencies. Specialized training programs resulting in industry recognized certifications will be offered to the participants.

This year, three city departments, five nonprofit agencies and 12 private-sector employers will be hiring participants. Backed by the full faith of Mayor Coleman, the academy has extended a range of services such as health memberships, job preparation training, dental services, health coaching, and re-entry services.

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Participants of the Restoration Academy go through a series of workshops to sharpen and master the soft skills and professional skills employers are looking for today in order to retain successful employees. The work readiness workshops cover:

  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Interviewing tips and attire
  • Professionalism
  • Job retention
  • Resume development and review
  • Mis-Socialization
  • Mentoring
  • Conflict resolution

The Restoration Academy has effectively pooled resources of many reputable organizations including the City of Columbus, COWIC, Alvis House, Columbus Neighborhood Health Centers, Columbus Public Health, Columbus Urban League, IMPACT Community Action, YMCA of Central Ohio, Henkel’s and McCoy and Columbus State Community College, Franklin County Re-Entry Task Force.

For more information on how to be involved with Restoration Academy for participants, employers and community organizations, contact Teresa Ghee at 614-583-1336 or [email protected].