Employment & Education

The Employment Department delivers valuable services to meet the needs of employers and those seeking improved employment skills and opportunities in Rhode Island. The department focuses on opportunities for youth ages 16-28. Employment in these years plays a crucial role in career development, promoting responsibility, independence, and social integration. Our programs provide practical knowledge, enhance job skills and people skills, and foster teamwork while encouraging mindfulness and social-emotional competencies.

Listen to them talk about their work in these videos from our 2019 Giving Tuesday series below!

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Skills Enrichment & Employment Development is a 10-month employment training program.  

Open to young people 18-24 from Providence and Pawtucket, the program provides soft skills training, nonviolence education, and internships with local partner businesses through workshops, classroom education, and hands-on experience.  

Our nonviolence trainers provide over 8,000 hours of training each year to schools, companies, and 

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In partnership with The City of Providence, the Institute offers nonviolence and employment training to youth from Providence and Pawtucket through our summer jobs program.  Youth receive nonviolence and soft skills training while participating in community-oriented summer work and training opportunities. 

Through our partnership with Mentor Rhode Island, and as part of our Skills Enrichment & Employment Development Program, the Institute provides clients with one-on-one mentorship with professionals and community leaders.  These mentors work closely with participants to ensure both their engagement and success in our training programs, and to connect them with opportunities for employment after program completion.