The 2017/2018 academic year has been a year of growth and progress, not only for State University of Albany Masters in Social Work interns, but also for the WAGE Center. Interns serve at the WAGE Center as staff in charge of walk-in participants and create projects to advance the programs and offerings to participants.
WAGE Center participants asked for workshops dealing with smartphones and ride-sharing apps. In 2018, we have delivered the first two. What do you want to see at the WAGE Center?
Elista Gayle, WAGE Center Case Manager was a facilitator at the first ever Hospitality Academy hosted by My Brother and Sister’s Keeper (MBSK) in conjunction with the City of Albany. Instruction focuses on, “Providing young adults successful tools to transition to work and career…” including an interview process preceding hospitality internships at local hotels.
The WAGE Center, in partnership with Bethlehem Lutheran Church and State University at Albany Masters of Social Work student interns, prepared Thanksgiving food boxes for those in need of items to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner.
Eleven WAGE Center participants with a variety of employment backgrounds attended training for positions at Mazzone Hospitality at the Empire State Plaza in Albany on October 17, 2017. This first class of trainees was recruited through the WAGE Center for banquet and large event catering services, mainly located at the new Capital Center on Eagle Street.
The Cancer Services Program of Albany/Rensselaer County reaches out to WAGE Center participants by providing cancer screening information through awareness months, for which staff and interns decorate and supply literature and information. Free screenings are provided to uninsured individuals for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers though CSP, which are advertised and promoted at the WAGE Center as part of an holistic approach to self-sufficiecy.
The WAGE Center participates in the Workforce Development Advisory Committee for CAPRI (City of Albany Poverty Reduction Initiative). This initiative is designed to connect Albany residents with jobs.
The WAGE Center staff, joined by Field Supervisor, Ray Cardona, recognized and thanked SUNY Interns for their first year field work with a lunch at dp Brasserie on Monday, May 8, 2017.
We are going blue for the month of March! The WAGE Center has partnered with the New York State Department of Health Cancer Services Program to bring awareness on Colon Cancer. If you want to learn more about free Colon Cancer screenings, stop by the office today.
The WAGE Center has partnered with the SUNY Albany' School of Social Welfare. The Social Work Interns have created a Women’s Group focusing on empowerment, and self esteem building with the guidance of WAGE Center staff. The interns are also invited to take part in all staff development, outreach, and community meetings attended and/or sponsored by the WAGE Center.
The W.A.G.E. Center, in partnership with the Renaissance Hotel, established the hotel as a training site for the Work Experience Program internships in the hospitality and food service industry. Felix Santiago was able to complete a 2 week non paid internship in which he successfully completed and was able to obtain employment at the Renaissance Hotel.
The WAGE Center staff, in conjunction with Kingdom Reigning Worship Center in Albany and Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Delmar, provided more than 50 filled backpacks to members of the community at a “Street Reach” event on the corner of Lark Street and Clinton Avenue on Saturday, August 27, 2016.
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