TotalChild® Workforce Development

From Teen to self-sufficient Adult

In TotalChild® Workforce, we support teens and young adults through high school graduation, into and through post-secondary training or education, and into a stable job and self-sufficiency by age 26.

By providing community mentors, job shadows and internships, education about employment best practices and more, we are empowering and equipping the next generation of our communities’ valuable workers and productive citizens.



We partner with community mentors to provide in-person experience and guidance for TotalChild® youth. By offering a glimpse into what industries are available and how successful professionals have reached their professional goals, we can inspire, encourage and support our participants to reach their professional goals.

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Connect with TotalChild® Workforce

If you’d like to connect with TotalChild® Workforce, please contact Jamie Robinson, Program Manager.




Dondre’s Story

“I am from a single parent household and haven’t always had the same access and support that a lot of my peers have. Through this program, I have been given the opportunity to explore many in-demand careers. I’ve been on job shadows and participated in business tours to figure out what I want to do. With my Success Manager’s support, I have decided to attend Kirkwood Community College this fall and major in one of their career programs for a skilled trade profession. I have learned that I like to work with my hands and see a product that I have created. This program has helped me set goals and work each month to make progress on achieving them.” We are very proud of Dondre and can’t wait to see where he goes, and how we can help him in TotalChild® Workforce. Way to go!

Damika’s Story

"You're going to see results. I was undecided about plenty of things and I've done so much this year already being in this cohort. I would tell any high school student to get involved. Someone is going to care and someone's going to help you whatever it is you want to be a part of or do."
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Community Partners

Many thanks to our wonderful community partners who help make this program possible:


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