Mission and Philosophy


UG provides job training and relational support to help young adults succeed and overcome circumstances that might keep them from maintaining steady employment.  We also help them build life skills and their own future story!



WE BELIEVE IN RELATIONSHIPS. Each person in our program receives one-on-one individualized help and support from trained mentors to walk them through educational materials, building a future story for themselves, and the day-to-day responsibilities and challenges of the workforce. Our mentors are trained to look for common stumbling blocks and to help participants negotiate short and long-term solutions. The UG job training certification program includes:

  • Weekly classes and homework for career exploration (3 hours per week for 10 weeks)

  • On-the-job training to be a coffee “barista” (15-20 hours a week)

  • A bi-weekly paycheck and coaching in personal banking and budgeting

  • Daily supervision and mentoring by Coffee Truck manager or assistant manager

  • Weekly check-ins with their personal success coach

  • Optional additional peer-group meetings with Youth First’s Young Adult program (informal,voluntary)

  • Three optional sessions with a certified and program-provided “Life Coach.”