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Brighton Center, through the Kentucky Career Center, has an awesome upcoming opportunity for the youth/young adults of NKY! This will be an opportunity for a group of up to six young adults, ages 18-24, to participate in a cohort program partnering with Gateway’s CDL course and with CVG Airport. It will kick off in April with an orientation, followed by four weeks at Gateway earning a CDL certifcation. The CDL classes begin on April 13th. Once a CDL certifcation has been earned, participants will begin a four week paid internship at $13.25 per hour at CVG airport followed by an opportunity to be hired on with Sp+ out of CVG.
For More Information and Eligability Contact:
Brendan Goth | Youth Talent Development Coordinator
(859) 292 - 2646
NEWPORT, Ky. (WKRC) - Having a job that pays a livable wage is one of the keys to success for a family. One young mother is on that path thanks to some help from the Brighton Center.
Holding the hand of her son, Bryanna Bartlett parades down the hallway at the Brighton Center. The 20-year-old mother of two just got a certificate through the Center for Employment Training.
“I’m a medical assistant and I work at St. Elizabeth Urology...It feels awesome. I never seen myself being here, and now I’m here,” Bartlett said.
Bartlett completed nine months of training at no cost.
Deana Sowders from the Brighton Center said, “Anyone who comes through pays nothing. We combine federal Pell grants, United Way dollars, private donations and other grants and financial opportunities based on that person’s need.”
She adds that the trainees also tap into other services, like a finance coach and childcare. In Bartlett’s case she got help from one of the 40 other programs, the Scholar House. That gave her and her children a place to live while she was learning.
“I completed their program as well, so I’ll be moving into my own house and I'm looking to buy a car and everything else,” Bartlett said.
The average wage in 2019 for medical assisting trainees who get a job is more than $23,000 a year, plus benefits. The Brighton Center also offers two more job training programs. They both involve computers: health care technology and business technology.
Each graduate signs the board and has a “clap-out” parade. It ends with the grad giving some words of advice for classmates. Bartlett said, “Don’t give up. It’s hard, and I wanted to give up so many times, but I’m glad I kept going.”
The Brighton Center impacted the lives of about 44,000 people in 2018. They help people in Northern Kentucky and Ohio. Click here to learn more.
Brighton Center received the opportunity to contribute to a national document created by the National Skills Coalition on racial equity and workforce development that was recently published.
Every person and every worker deserves a fair shot at achieving economic stability and success, yet Black, Latinx, Pacific Islander, Native, and certain Asian American workers face wide racial inequities in educational attainment, employment, and income. In a new report, National Skills Coalition explores these racial and ethnic disparities in educational attainment and access; systemic barriers to equitable workforce training and quality employment; and why advancing equity is an economic and moral imperative.
Additional workforce policies are needed now to counter decades of intentional, structurally racist policies and advance racial equity in educational attainment, employment, and income. To learn more, read NSC’s new publication, “The Roadmap for Racial Equity: An imperative for workforce development advocates.”
Brighton Center remains committed to advancing racial equity by addressing institutional bias through changes to policies, procedures, and practices – and implicit bias through our internal Cultural Inclusion Committee.
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Joseph Subaru of Florence shared the love this week in the form of a $21,254 check from the "Share The Love" Campaign to us and the Newport Professional Firefighters Local 45 IAFF. Thank you Joseph Subaru of Florence!
Good news! An endowment has been established at Greater Cincinnati Foundation that will support Brighton Center in perpetuity.Continue reading »
Cincinnati Bell Employees Volunteer to Repair and Beautify Brighton Center's Homeward Bound Teen Shelter
[Newport, KY, May 6, 2019] – Over the next several weeks, Brighton Center’s Homeward Bound Shelter will receive repairs and beautification thanks to employees at Cincinnati Bell.
Volunteers from Cincinnati Bell will be at the shelter Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. starting Monday, May 6 through at least Friday, May 17. Additional dates will be added as needed until projects are complete.
Up to 100 volunteers will work on painting all rooms within the 9,122 square foot building; patching plaster; painting, replacing or repairing trim; adding new tile in all youth dorms; replacing the flooring in visitor and intake rooms; adding new light fixtures, and giving the over 100-year-old building a cheerful refresh.
Homeward Bound Shelter is Northern Kentucky’s only 24-hour emergency shelter location for teens ages 11-17. Located in Covington, KY, the shelter provides a safe environment and short-term services for runaway, homeless, abused, neglected, and dependent youth.
This project will ensure that all runaway and homeless youth have a warm and inviting environment to call home while they receive support in transitioning to the next step in their life. Homeward Bound provides the teens with dorm-style living to create the atmosphere of a home.
“I was introduced to Kate Arthur, Community & Youth Services Director at Brighton Center, by a mutual acquaintance and as we continued speaking, I saw her excitement for Homeward Bound's mission,” says Chris Neises, Cincinnati Bell's Vice President of Contact Center Operations. "It hit me that I wanted to be a part of this mission and, as a resident of Northern Kentucky, I wanted to make a difference in my area. I asked Kate what we could do to help and she mentioned that anything would be appreciated, but building repair and beautification was at the top of the list. I knew our Cincinnati Bell team had the skills and, more importantly, the desire to give back. Volunteering is a major part of the culture at Cincinnati Bell.”
During Brighton Center’s last fiscal year, 370 homeless and runaway youth received crisis services through Homeward Bound and 84 were served residentially.
CINCINNATI – Tammy Weidinger, President & CEO of Northern Kentucky’s nonprofit Brighton Center, has recently been elected to The Health Collaborative (THC) Board of Directors. Ms. Weidinger will serve in a Community/Consumer stakeholder capacity for a two-year term ending in December of 2020.Continue reading »
On Wednesday, March 27th the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce recognized local business through its Business IMPACT Awards and Brighton Center was honored to be recognized with the Community Champions award. The awards recognized businesses impacting the NKY community through innovation, creativity, strong business practices, and leadership. Thank you Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and everyone in the community who makes it possible for us to continue our mission of creating opportunities for individuals and families to reach self-sufficiency.