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Empowering youth to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business

The Model

More Than Words empowers youth to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business.We challenge our youth with two jobs: the Business Job and the You Job, then provide two years of follow-up through our Graduate Program.

GAINING PROFESSIONAL SKILLS:
 THE BUSINESS JOB
• Work 20+ hours/week
• Manage an online & retail bookstore in Boston and a bookstore/café in Waltham
• Train in all aspects of business
• Facilitate peer-led trainings and team meetings
• Plan and host store events
• Track performance and earn promotions

SUCCESSFULLY NAVIGATING LIFE: 
THE YOU JOB
• Learn essential life skills (e.g., opening a bank account, finding housing, getting an ID)
• Participate in workshops, mock interviews, resume building
• Craft individualized action plans
• Be accountable for their progress
• Commit to getting GED or diploma
• Receive assistance to pursue higher education

ONGOING SUPPORT:
 THE GRADUATE PROGRAM
• Additional training and case management support with education and employment goals
• Graduate and Alumni networking opportunities
• Semiannual data collection to ensure youth are on track for positive outcomes

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