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Breaktime United, Inc.
  • 170 Portland Street, Boston, MA 02114
  • 508-319-1679
  • Job Search Training
Launchpad Job Search Training
Program activities:

Launchpad (LP) is designed to help individuals develop and improve a wide range of professional skills, which are essential for effective communication, collaboration, and overall success in the professional world.

Key Components of LP are: 1) Communication Skills: The program emphasizes effective verbal and written communication in a professional setting; 2) Teamwork and Collaboration: Participants learn how to work harmoniously in a team, including understanding diverse perspectives, resolving conflicts, and contributing to group goals.3) Time Management and Organization: Participants are taught how to manage their time efficiently, set priorities, and stay organized to meet deadlines 3) Adaptability and Resilience: The program helps individuals become more adaptable, open to change, and resilient in the face of adversity and 4) Emotional Intelligence: Participants learn to recognize and manage their own emotions, as well as understand and respond to the emotions of others, fostering empathy and positive relationships.

Program activities consist of training, role plays, and projects that focus on several Job Search and Job Retention skills. These include administrative skills such as crafting a resume, sourcing job openings, submitting applications, and maintaining a work schedule. Throughout the program, participants also create a research project wherein they research the criteria, qualifications, and time/salary information for a chosen career path. They then present this project to their peers and field any questions about the chosen career and detail their step-by-step plan for how they will pursue a career in the chosen field.

After completing the Launchpad program, our young adults work on-one-one with the assigned Case Manager in order actively prepare for their 3-month work experience, called Liftoff. On average, it takes about 2 weeks (10 business days) to gather required documentation and other supplies in order for our young adults to begin their Liftoff placement.

Program is offered in: English
Participant demographics:

Participants are all aged between 18 and 25 years old, live within the Boston area, and receive SNAP benefits.

Anticipated number of SNAP participants per year: 60
Total hours: 20
Program duration: 3 weeks
Rolling Admission: Yes
Number of cycles: 12
Program start dates: Programs begin on the second Monday of each month and a new cohort takes place each month
Sample schedule:
HoursActivity TypeMonTueWedThuFriSatSun
9:00am-11:00amResume building, job interview training
11:00am-12:00pmJob market research, sourcing open positions
1:00pm-3:00pmWorkplace communication, customer service
6:00pm-9:00pm(*Remote Option)
Other Schedule Information: Closed on all Federal Holidays (these missed sessions are made up by adding an additional day to the original schedule) *Remote option available for those who have transportation or childcare barriers
Is the program offered remotely? Possible, but not typical
Is public transportation available? Yes

Location information:

170 Portland Street, Boston, MALocation is directly across from North Station T stop and within walking distance of Haymarket, Downtown Crossing, and Park
Program requirements: CORI check
Program is CORI friendly? Yes
Other outcomes: Employment/Promotion, Graduates take part in subsequent 13-week placements at site partners to gain on-the-job work experience

Participant Supports:

Participant Support CategoryAll participantsAs needed
DTA SNAP Transportation Support
DTA SNAP Child Care Referral
Are there any out of pocket expenses for the participant? No
Do participants receive any pay? Stipend
Other, please explain: Participants receive a weekly stipend of $250 per week for a total of $750

Contact Information

Program Liaison: Grace McDonald
Telephone: 860-514-8258
Program code: BUI-JST
ABAWD Qualifying? No