When the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach opened its Square One program last year to help unemployed young adults not in school, it was originally created for 16- to 24-year-olds.
However, a year after opening in January 2017, the library recognized a greater need in the community and has now expanded the program to serve 15- to 29-year-olds.
To date, Square One has helped 170 individuals in West Palm Beach. The program is located on the second floor of the library, where young adults find help through free services including mentoring, technology, career development, academic advancement, hands-on experience and connecting with community resources.
“We have learned how vast the need is for these services, and how to truly make a difference with those seeking help,” said William Hollis, Mandel Public Library associate librarian. “We not only provide personalized attention, we tailor our services based on the individual’s needs and goals.”
Square One also recently launched Career Online High School, a scholarship-based program that covers 100 percent of costs for qualified selected students. The program offers community members the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and a credentialed career certificate in one of eight high-growth, high-demand career fields.
The library will award a limited number of scholarships for the Career Online High School to qualified learners looking to earn a high school diploma to advance their careers.
Classes are supported by board-certified instructors and students have 24/7 access to the online learning platform. Students are able to graduate in as few as six months by transferring in previously earned high school credits.
For more information, call Square One at (661) 868-7707 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.