Getting Started: Coaching for Workplace Readiness

CAP is excited to announce a new coaching program to help Madison County youth succeed in the workplace.  The program will consist of 2 hour “Lunch and Learn” sessions at our Canastota office.

This project will address the need of low-income youth lacking soft skills that are increasingly important in the changing economy to find and retain jobs.  Youth and young adults (High school or GED graduates, or training program experience) will be eligible to participate in coaching activities such as:

  • Developing a professional attitude, time management skills, customer service skills, and awareness of work place expectations
  • Improving self-confidence, how to work as a team with co-workers, and accepting and learning from feedback
  • Improving public speaking skills and communication skills

Participants will receive a stipend for class/workshops attended.

CAP will utilize the popular “Getting Ahead: A Collaborative Approach to Resolving Poverty” deeply rooted in Ruby Payne’s “Bridges out of Poverty” program.  This curriculum has been successfully used across the nation and in Central New York.  We will also supplement the curriculum with the Department of Labor’s handbook, “Skills to Pay the Bills”.

CAP has begun their recruitment process.  If you know of anyone who is motivated and interested in obtaining and sustaining long-term employment and will be able to attend 1 class per week in Canastota on Wednesdays, please contact Diane Ryan via e-mail at  If you have any questions regarding this new program, please call 315-697-3588 Ext. 10 or e-mail