GEAR, (Growth Empowerment Advancement Recognition), is an innovative program that enhances the personal attitudes, social behavior and work-related skills of consumers as they enter a job, classroom, or volunteer opportunity. The program is open to all of AIRS and City Steps residents who are seeking personal development with the goal of becoming active members of the community and agents of their own destinies.
The GEAR program model includes:
Job Readiness Training
An intensive coursework that focuses on attitudinal training, workplace etiquette, proper attire and behavior, and developing and maintaining positive workplace behaviors and habits.
Career Case Management
Personal coaching that provides referrals to key social service and community-based partners, and opportunities to secure needed educational credentials and job skills training.
Job Retention and Advancement
Strategies for attaining higher wage employment, employment with benefits, or career tack employment.
Exploration of educational opportunities based on individual areas of interest, applications of interests to the workplace, and employment and career opportunities within the fields of interest.
Referrals are made through an AIRS Case Manager, in consultation with the resident. However, residents can, and are encouraged to, self-refer. After a period of exploration and assessment, a Consumer Action Plan is developed that sets mutually agreed-upon goals and action steps to education and employment.
Additionally, non-resident clients are referred through one of our CES partners per the terms of our Memorandum of Understanding with that partner.