Center for Working Families
In mid-2008, we began implementing a bundled-service Center for Working Families (CWF) model to improve job preparedness, identify employment opportunities, secure gainful employment, and build assets through financial management and investing skills to ensure long-term financial viability.
As a Center for Working Families, we offer coaching to help you in the following areas:
- We help you to find a career that will increase your income
- We help you create a realistic budget that will allow you to save for your future
- We help you to plan for college or training for yourself or your children
- We assist you in applying for benefits (for example: TANF, SNAP, Medical Benefits, and Child Care Assistance) or refer you to other organizations that can help you.
In addition to a long-standing summer youth program, we added camps during IPS breaks. We are serving our neighborhood youth during the school year by interacting with them in the schools and after school programs provided there.
Summer STEAM Camp at Southeast Community Services is a six-week, choice-based and STEAM-connected camp for Southeast Indianapolis kids in grades 4 through 8. Summer STEAM participants have many opportunities to play, be with their peers and mentors, and to enjoy some down-time. The camp also features an incredible lineup of educational opportunities in a choice environment. Summer 2017’s camp will feature experiences in puppetry, tinkering and making, swim lessons, urban farming, anthropology and much, much more. Our field trips provide attention grabbing experiences in geology, botany, zoology, and the visual arts, including a four-night backpacking trip at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Tennessee. New in 2017 is our partnership with Patachou Foundation through which we’ll provide the best nutrition combined with hands-on nutrition education and wellness activities.
Summer STEAM accepts 30 youth per summer. Each participant attends at least four weeks of camp so that she or he may build strong relationships and linger with some of their favorite experiences. The fee is $25 per week. A sliding scale is offered through the Center for Working Families. Youth coaches and CWF coaching staff may help families navigate the financial application process.
Interested in attending one of our camps? Send us a note from our contact us page.