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"Square One" Opens at Mandel Public Library
The program expands services for young adults ages 16-to24 who are unemployed....
West Palm Beach, FL – January 31, 2017 – “Square One” is open at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach. Services for 16 to 24-year-old young adults who are unemployed and not attending school, will be expanded in this dedicated space funded through an 85k grant awarded to the library.* In Square One, a library staff member will be available to assist young adults navigate the challenges facing them through mentoring, technology, career development, and connecting with community resources.

The grant will provide funds to furnish and staff a multi-use room in an existing space on the Library’s Technology Floor (Second floor). In an effort to break down barriers to employment, young adults will have access to a driving simulator and driving test practice programs to help get a driver’s license. Computers loaded with industry standard software, and the Learning Express Library, which includes career and resume programs will be available for use. A variety of job skill classes including Microsoft Office, online business etiquette, and financial literacy will be offered in a small group setting. Basic classes on coding, robotics and 3D printing will also be introduced. Local business and organization leaders will be welcomed to speak with the young adults to share their knowledge and offer volunteer or internship positions where available.

Through the “Square One Initiative: Reconnecting Disconnected Young Adults” program, the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach will broaden relationships with local organizations and other departments within the City, including the Mayor’s Village Initiative to reach young adults and invite them to use this new resource. It is hoped young people will find Square One to be a “comfortable place to do serious business” and visit often as they work toward a brighter future.

Assistant Library Director, Lisa Hathaway remarks, “It is amazing that we have been awarded the funding to create a dedicated space with resources to target the specific needs of our disconnected young adults. Whether it is filling out a FAFSA to head back to school or finding food assistance, the Mandel Public Library wants to provide every young person with the resources to remove obstacles and find their path to an outstanding future. It is our hope if they start from “Square One”, they can go anywhere!”