Life Coach Program
Recent community needs assessments conducted by Venango County Human Services has identified the necessity for a Life Coach Program that assists emerging adults, ages 17-26, in becoming independent members of the community. A mission statement has been developed to govern the activities of the program: “Partnering with people in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires emerging adults to maximize their professional and personal potential.”
The Life Coach for Venango County is Shannon Sumoske. Her goal is to offer support to emerging adult residents of Venango County and to help them develop the competencies they need for self-sufficiency. This program is completely voluntary. Shannon is certified to make assessments and each plan of action is customized to the needs of the individual. Some examples of the services provided include:
• Obtaining vocational training
• GED Training and testing
• Soft skills training to assist with job searching, job application, interviewing skills and techniques
• Finding and maintaining suitable housing options
• Life skills training to assist with finances, budgeting, and everyday living skills
The initial phase of the program focuses on goal development, strategic paths and setting mile-stones. Shannon will work with the individual to determine their vision for the future. Together, they will focus on changing behaviors instead of instruction on what to do. Using the established vision as a guide, they will work towards practical, professional and attainable results.
The Life Coach Program currently has 28 open cases. Since its onset in February of 2015, the program has had 13 successful closings. The school and occupational needs vary according to the individuals but the program has assisted six people in their admission to college, three people have passed their GED test, two people have graduated from high school, and 19 referrals were made to CareerLink. Shannon has also assisted two people with Cyber School and one person has enrolled in EMT class. A tutoring program has been developed and six people are currently utilizing these services.
Currently, seven of these emerging adults need help obtaining a photo ID, social security card, or a birth certificate. The program does provided transportation assistance when required. Since this program is completely voluntary, most referrals come from the individuals, schools, community agencies, and housing or employment services. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Shannon Sumoske at (814) 432-9202.
Employment Aid Program—Employment/Schooling – Financial help in securing required clothing, books, testing fees for post-secondary schooling, car repairs, and similar assistance to help you secure or maintain employment or schooling.
Work Ready Program – Contracted with Community Services of Venango County to provide case management and employment related activities to eliminate employment barriers. This is a referral program and must be enrolled through the local Department of Human Services. Please call (814) 432-9200 to enroll.
255 Elm Street
Oil City, PA 16301
PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (OVR)
Voice (814) 871-4551 or (800) 541-0721
TTY (814) 871-4535 or (888) 217-1710
3200 Lovell Place Erie, PA 16503