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What is the Total Action for Progress Y.A.L.E. Program?

Y.A.L.E. (Young Adult Life Enhancement) assists court involved youth with reintegrating into the community as engaged citizens. The program provides case management, mentoring, educational interventions, service-learning, Customer Service Certification, career exploration, job shadowing, paid and volunteer work experience, follow-up services, and expungement and diversion services. Students will be enrolled in the program between 6-12 months on average and participate in life skills, job readiness, and/or customer service classes on a daily basis. All participants will complete the 40 hours of life skills training using the Thinking for a Change (T4C) curriculum and the National Retail Federation Foundation’s 40 hour Customer Service certification curriculum as part of their job readiness training. Students will have access to additional occupational training, including plumbing, electrical and construction; healthcare, commercial driving, welding, and food service.

What areas does this program serve?

The program serves the Cities of Roanoke and Salem and the County of Roanoke.

Is there a cost for this program?

There are no costs to approved clientele for this program.

How can I access services?

Y.A.L.E. is located at the Roanoke Higher Education Center, 108 N. Jefferson St., Suite 513, Roanoke, VA 24016. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Lakisha Hunter at (540) 767-6152. You may also contact Ms. Hunter via email by using the "Contact" button at the bottom of this page.

Am I eligible for this service?

Y.A.L.E. is currently not accepting new students.

Your donations are necessary to make this program possible.

Community Partnerships and Funding

Our program has partnerships with many organizations, including the Goodwill Industries of the Valley, Inc. Virginia Western Community College, Juvenile Provation and Parole Court Districts 23 and 23A, Roanoke City Police Department, Roanoke City Jail, Western Virginia Regional Jail, Western Virginia Workforce Development Board, Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee, Sheet Metal Apprenticeship Program Local 100, Family Service of Roanoke Valley, City of Roanoke Department of Social Services and VA CARES, Inc. Funding for our program includes the United Way and the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration.