"Youth can Do Any Thing if Given the Appropriate Amount of Training and Support".
At the heart of CHALK's mission is "transformative youth employment". CHALK places youth on the front lines as service providers to their peers and provides them with over 100 hours of paid job and life skills training. Our jobs transform the youth we employ because we entrust them with high levels of responsibility and provide a foundation of professional and emotional support.
CHALK infuses Youth Development with Youth Employment.
CHALK's Core Values
- We utilize our life experiences to positively affect the community.
- We are dedicated; we understand that working for the community is a lifestyle, not a job.
- We ensure youth voice, youth influence and youth leadership is integrated in all of the work we do.
CHALK's Core Values were created in 2007 by youth staff.
The average length of time a young person remains employed at CHALK is 18 months. While youth are hired while considered extremely high risk, they leave CHALK transformed into prepared, skilled individuals. CHALK employees were accepted to the following schools: Dartmouth, UC Davis, San Francisco State University, NYU, Dominican University, Southern University, Howard, UCLA, Rochester School for Technology, Shaw University, St. Augustine's, Stanford University, San Jose State, UC Santa Cruz, UC Riverside and Bennett College.
To learn more about the youths CHALK employs, read their biographies here.
CHALK Invests in Young Wages
Since CHALK's inception in 1996, CHALK has hired over 400 part-time youth, provided over 50,000 hours of training and paid out over a million in youth wages.
CHALK is a true for youth by youth organization. CHALK employs 50 part time youth throughout the year and 5 full time adult staff. When employing youth, CHALK gives priority to youth who demonstrate high risk characteristics.
CHALK Employs Youth with Significant Need
- 95% are low income
- 95% are youth of color
- 90% are from drug infested and violent neighborhoods
- 80% are at risk of academic failure
- 50% are on probation
- 20% are LGBTQQI youth
- 10% are teen parents
- 10% are youth with disabilities
- 20% are residents of public housing
- 20% are former runaway/homeless youth
- 30% are in or transitioning out of the foster care system
- 90% of youth surveyed now have a resume
- 100% of youth surveyed said it was "Mostly True" or "Definitely True" that CHALK's initial 80+ hours of job training prepared them for their position at CHALK.
- 96% of youth surveyed said it was "Mostly True" or "Definitely True" that they now feel prepared to interview for a job.
- 92% of youth surveyed said it was "Mostly True" or "Definitely True" that they feel CHALK has prepared them for employment elsewhere.
- 96% of youth surveyed said it was "Mostly True" or "Definitely True" that they would come back to CHALK for help with finding a job.