Many issues plague communities in rural America. Quality of education, accessibility to necessary services, and drug use are common worries for concerned parents and community leaders. Can we do more to help those most likely to suffer and “fall through the cracks?” What services can we provide to help our struggling population? Can we empower our children and young adults to help them dream bigger and achieve their goals?
Three Corners Employment seeks to do so by offering services to an often over looked and undeserved rural population. Founded in May 2017, Three Corners Employment seeks to help children ages 14-21, overcome obstacles that are blocking their success. These can be lack of resources, overcoming anxieties or anything that is standing in their way. They provide direct services to individuals with barriers to employment.
Though their “Stepping Stone to Success,” program, youth are taught real life skills such as balancing a checkbook and interview etiquette. Utilizing Kentucky’s sixteen career clusters, clients are offered instruction and real-life experience to help them choose the career path that is right for them.
The process of getting to know the client and their needs, starts with an interview. One of the career specialists helps the student to identify areas of interest, such as healthcare. They ask a series of questions seeking to find the strengths and identify the weakness of each individual to best support their goals and dreams. Clients can explore career paths that are of relevance to them.
Community members, such as nurses, firemen and business owners, volunteer their time to share real work experiences. This allows the clients a real glimpse into the world of work. Clients also visit places of employment and participate in job shadowing and summer work programs to gain further insight and appreciation for what a perspective job might really be like.
Three Corners also emphasizes the importance of community service. They offer many opportunities for the clients to give back to the community. These include nursing home visits, community clean up events and volunteering at local animal shelters. Students, who are willing to “Dream Big! Work Hard! and Make a Difference,” can be a part of the Three Corners Employment Programs
Upon interviewing the Henderson family who founded and run the agency, I discovered a deep sense of pride in the accomplishments of their clients. They have successfully “exited” several students and have seen major personal growth in all of those they serve. They confess that they feel “blessed” to have the opportunity to help students and adults obtain their goals and gainful employment.
Timothy Henderson admitted, “the clients have helped me more than I have ever helped them.”
Three Corners Employment Employs Career Coaches and Employment Specialists to work with students and adults; and they cover several different programs.
As Timothy Henderson says, “we have big plans and hope to serve many more individuals in the next few years.” Fostering the hope and dreams and assisting people in fulfilling their goals isn’t for the faint of heart. It takes dedicated workers who put in many hours helping people to become their best. Timothy and Three Corners employees are such people. They spend countless hours enabling clients to chase their dreams and crush their goals. Making a difference every day in the lives of those they serve.
Three Corners is very much an agency of dedication! They assist people in bridging the barriers that hinder their success. They provide services without regard to background or any issue that can be used to discriminate. They see the worth of each individual client and truly value the relationships they have with each of their clients. In addition, they also possess tremendous integrity and competence.
All the services provided by Three Corners are in place to help clients not only feel more fulfilled but to achieve goals. They take a considerable amount of time getting to know each client and realize the positive effect that being successful has on the client. As previously mentioned, volunteering is a large part of the work that Three Corners preforms and has many positive effects on the client. Teenagers who volunteer are more responsible with higher self-esteem and volunteering is a great experience.
Three Corners offers opportunities and how to choose the right site for your student or child to volunteer. Seeking to be active in one’s community can increase their leadership and communication skills and improves the dependability and decision-making skills. Community learning experiences can be beneficial when the teenager applies for scholarships because schools and scholarship boards know the value of being an active community member.
Special Thanks to Chrystal Crume