Vocational Training

Vocational Training Program

Methodist Home for Children operates the Vocational Training program in a successful public-private partnership with NC Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice and local Juvenile Crime Prevention Councils.

The program, called WORK4IT, is a cost-effective, short-term program that helps at-risk teens and their families build skills they need for independence and success.


  • Ages 14–17
  • At risk for out-of-home placement or re-entering community after a period of confinement at Youth Development Centers or group home
  • Referred by court counselors
  • Motivated to learn independent living skills and work toward goals


  • Youth and their family receive four to six months of hands-on services at home, job site, churches or community centers


Two to three times a week, meet with MHC staff to work toward goals:


  • Improve social skills by identifying strengths and deficits, role-playing
  • Build respect for authority figures and rules
  • Avoid high-risk behaviors (substance abuse, gang activity)


  • Improve school attendance, behavior and overall performance
  • Earn a GED or high school diploma
  • Enroll in a certificate program at local community college, if appropriate.


  • Complete career assessment and explore career options
  • Develop jobs skills through training (earning minimum wage)
  • Learn to apply for jobs, practice interviewing techniques
  • Qualify for job-site assignments with pay


Learn purpose, goals and expectations of the program at parent orientation

As needed, meet with MHC staff to work toward goals.

  • Improve communication skills
  • Learn to set limits and expectations, how to plan and schedule
  • Work on problem-solving and anger-management issues
  • Access available resources to strengthen family functioning
  • Help with transportation to and from work
  • Support youth’s efforts in the program and related activities

Business Partners

  • Learn purpose, goals and expectations of the program at business orientation
  • Provide a challenging learning environment for the youth
  • Assign a mentor to work with the teen and evaluate all work products/services
  • Provide feedback on strengths and areas to be improved


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