The Education and Employment Ministry, also known as TEEM, is an interfaith, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking cycles of incarceration and poverty through education, personal development, and work readiness training.
2015 was a year of
dynamic growth for TEEM, with enhancements to program services and
partnerships as well as an addition of a new program, Oklahoma County Community
In its reentry
program, TEEM continued to expand and improve its holistic self-sufficiency
model through services and training options, which resulted in a 87.4%
employment rate for enrolled participants.
In order to better measure course effectiveness, TEEM's core curriculum of cognitive
behavioral and job and life skills classes was reviewed, refined, and
standardized. Adding to its Occupational Skills training
program, TEEM collaborated with CareerTech, Oklahoma Department of Corrections,
and It's My Community Initiative to launch certification classes in welding,
construction trades, heavy machinery, and ServSafe/culinary arts. New and
expanded employment partnerships included W&W Steel, Buy For Less, Alliance
Steel, Oklahoma Restaurant Association, Good Egg Group, and OK Roofing. TEEM's
mentor program, which is an element of the self-sufficiency model, was
bolstered through a partnership with Life.Church. A matching grant through 7-Eleven, Inc. provided
housing and transportation assistance.
Individuals reentering society face a number of barriers to securing employment and achieving self-sufficiency. To empower our participants to overcome these barriers, TEEM’s case management staff create a uniquely tailored plan for each individual to enable personal success. This service plan addresses various needs such as transportation and housing assistance, appropriate work attire and hygiene products, assistance in obtaining ID’s and birth certificates, and legal assistance when necessary. Our Case Managers, certified with the state of Oklahoma, are also well-connected with a network of partner service providers to assist with medical care, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and more. For participants who want to further their education, Case Managers assist with grant and scholarship applications to community colleges, technical schools, etc.
Our education program employs evidence-based curriculum including GED preparation, Ready for Work, computer navigation, keyboarding, Financial Literacy, Winning the Workplace Challenge, On My Shoulders, Thinking for a Change, Walk the Line, Rentry Awareness, Well Body and Anger Management. In addition, TEEM offers program participants tangible certification opportunities such as OSHA 30, Forklift Operation, ServSafe and Microsoft Office to increase their chances of being hired. By incorporating both soft skills and life skills training into our program, we holistically prepare participants to successfully secure and maintain long-term employment. TEEM’s curriculum is backed by thorough research and is approved by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.
Job Placement has long been a hallmark
of TEEM’s program. Our Job Placement department serves two functions: first, to
assist participants in the job search and preparation process, and second, to
cultivate and maintain beneficial relationships with businesses in the
community who will employ our participants. Often, an individual impacted by
incarceration lacks access to and familiarity with the technology necessary to
conduct a successful job search. TEEM’s work readiness courses prepare
participants to utilize technology to create a resume and cover letter, to
search and apply for open positions, to interview effectively and to secure
employment. TEEM's Job Placement Coordinators interview and assess each participant to determine their career goals, skills, education level and employment needs. Using this information, an Individual Career Plan (ICP) is created to give the individual a path to achieve their goals.
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