SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Need a job or your GED?
The Savannah Impact Program may be able to help.
The first open enrollment period started Monday and it runs all week. SIP's Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Initiative focuses on getting at risk young people educated and in the workforce.
One of the big misconceptions is this is a program for offenders but really it's for all residents of Chatham County in need. It's run by the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department along with a number of community supervision agencies and volunteers.
Their goal is to reach out to at-risk young people to get them an education or a job and make sure they stay on the right path.
Program coordinators say it's been very successful in making a big difference in people's lives.
"The benefits are that they remain stable. They go on and get permanent employment, they get their GED, and they actually can attend a graduation with Savannah Tech. Some of them have never had anything permanent happen in their lives," said DeLeah Blake, Program Coordinator, Savannah Impact Program.
"We're pretty much counselors, parents, friends, someone they can come and talk to if they have any issues," Zaakirah Brinson, WIOA Specialist.
To be eligible you must be between 16 and 24-years-old, be a United States citizen, live in Chatham County, come from a low-income household, and face an employment barrier.
This first open enrollment period is from January 11-15. There are also enrollment periods from February 8-12, March 21-25, April 11-15, and May 9-13.
To learn how to sign up or how to volunteer, please click here.