Each vocational training program is focused on a unique set of skills.
The landscaping team is generally the first placement. During landscaping, the SISU Outreach team is focused developing behavior modification focused soft skills such as time management, proper communication, appropriate attire and attitude, and conflict resolution. As they progress to the wood shop, they are continuing to focus on soft skills while learning to use the tools necessary to function on the construction site. In the wood shop, the SISU staff will also incorporate academic skills such as math, geometry, and earth sciences into the learning process. In addition to learning the tools, young people will build small items such as stools, shelves, and chairs.
The construction crew is one of the two more coveted vocational placements. The construction crew will be a smaller team working more independently and with less supervision. The construction team is communicating regularly with the academic team to ensure they are incorporating specific subject matter into the worksite.
The other coveted vocational placement is in the screen printing shop. The screen printing shop includes a sixteen-week art focused curriculum designed to help participants the intricacies of design and printing. SISU recognizes that the majority of participants will not make a career out of construction, landscaping, or screen printing, but believe that during their time at SISU they will develop the soft skills, while also developing a strong work ethic and appreciation for the work they are doing.
When a young person is ready, case management begins a conversation around outside employment and training programs. Working with external community partners, case managers may enroll a young person into a vocational training and certificate program or help them prepare for and find a full time or part time job.