Projects, Services and Opportunities

available through IVROP for Youth and Adults


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Projects, Services and Opportunities for Youth Only



This program gives students with special needs, the opportunity to broaden their understanding of careers and the choices available to them. It provides each student with individual guidance into areas of special interest and abilities. It also helps them prepare for the realities found in the workplace. The WorkAbility program serves junior high/middle schools and high schools in Imperial Valley. Funded by California Department of Education.

Projects, Services & Opportunities for both Youth & Adults

ACE (Accessing Careers through Education)  


ACE serves youth ages 16-21 in the communities of Brawley, Calexico, Calipatria, El Centro, Holtville, Imperial and outlying areas. Targeted groups are youth in foster care and former foster youth. Services include case management, academic and career/technical instruction, career exploration, counseling, college prep, scholarships, computer training, life skills workshops, leadership development, and work experience. Funded by Imperial County Department of Social Services.

ACE THP Plus (Transitional Housing Program Plus)


THP Plus is a housing program for former foster youth between the ages of 18-24 living in Imperial County. Services include rental assistance, utility assistance, assistance with furniture, counseling services, mentoring, links to work experience, life skills workshops, and case management. Funded by Imperial County Department of Social Services.

@ LIKE (At Linking Innovation, Knowledge and Employment) 


This project serves disconnected youth ages 18-24 who are low-income, gang-involved, ex-offenders, on aid, recently separated veterans, unemployed or not attending school. Core elements include standardized assessments, life coaches/mentors, career exploration, national work readiness certificate and support services. Funded by US Department of Labor Employment & Training Agency through Riverside County Economic Development Agency.

CTE Pathways, SB-70 Community Collaborative


SB70 refers to Senate Bill 70, which funds Career Technical Education opportunities. This collaborative grant works with Imperial Valley College and College of the Desert to help support career exploration activities at targeted junior high schools (Barbara Worth, Kennedy, Frank Wright, and Seeley) and CTE Pathways. CTE Pathways are professional development opportunities made possible for the valley’s high schools in the targeted industry sectors of Energy and Utilities, Health Science and Medical Technology, Public Services, and Agriculture and Natural Resources for biofuel production. Professional development offered to these high schools is aimed at creating/refining CTE Pathways in these sectors by creating/refining whole courses or lesson plans for academic or CTE courses that support pathway exploration in the areas targeted. Funded by California Community College Chancellor’s Office.

Exito (Success)



This project serves 65 youth offenders on an annual basis (between 16-24) of high poverty and high crime geographic locations in Imperial County (from specific US Census tracts in Brawley, Calexico, and El Centro). Target services include diversion and expungement, intensive case management support, individual career plans, education, tutoring, mentoring, paid on-the-job training, employability, and nine months of follow-up. Funded by US Department of Labor.

JUNTOS (Together-Promotes Healthy Families, Marriages and Economic Stability)


Project JUNTOS is a nationally recognized evidence-based project that promotes healthy families, healthy marriages, healthy relationships, economic stability and self-sufficiency. JUNTOS serves 300 adult (17 years and older) couples on an annual basis. JUNTOS helps participants achieve personal and family well-being through research-based educational sessions. Eligible participants explore and learn about family and marriage education; relationship enhancement; communication techniques; conflict resolution techniques; stress management techniques; parenting skills; financial literacy/management; and job readiness/career advancement. Eligible clients can even earn while they learn. Educational sessions are offered on a flexible basis (weekdays, weekends, accelerated, etc.). Funded by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance. 

PACH (Public and Community Health)  


Project PACH supports a Health Science pipeline program for students in grades 7-14 through a new career pathway at Brawley Union High School. Pathway activities include teacher participation in curriculum development and lesson planning to infuse health careers. Students participate in career exploration, career awareness activities, 1college and industry sites, and Cal-HOSA activities. Funded by California Department of Education, Health Science and Medical Technology Capacity Building Project.

QUEST (QUality Education, Services and Talent)


Project QUEST supports a Health Science pipeline program for students in grades 7-14 through the enhancement of the existing career pathway at Calexico High School. Pathway activities include teacher participation in curriculum development and lesson planning to infuse health careers. Students participate in career exploration, career awareness activities,  SEQ CHAPTER \h \r 1college and industry sites, and Cal-HOSA activities. Funded by California Department of Education, Health Science and Medical Technology Capacity Building Project.

STAR (Succeeding Through Actions and Responsibility) 



Project STAR provides pre-pre employment, basic skills, life skills, leadership, and self-development training along with other health based and community driven activities. Individual, small and large group training and coaching are provided at Imperial County Behavioral Health Services, El Centro Outpatient Clinic, IVROP offices and other local agencies and organizations. Funded by Imperial County Behavioral Health Services.

USA (Using STEM America - Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)


This project involves 7th-12th grade students in working on Informal Science Experiments. Instructors receive professional development. Students develop exhibits/displays and present information to younger students and/or the community. Involvement includes a project with UC San Diego that measures solar irradiance to be located at Imperial Unified School District as Imperial Valley Discover Zone. Funded by National Science Foundation.

Projects, Services & Opportunities for Adults Only

Mi Familia (My Family) 


Mi Familia provides parents a comprehensive case management and parenting education approach to child abuse prevention/intervention services. All parents and families are assessed for potential risks and barriers that may add to family issues and stressors that contribute to child abuse, maltreatment and/or neglect. Mi Familia monitors the progress of each parent until completion of their planned parent education services. Parents receive a 15-hour course using the Nurturing Parenting curriculum. Funded by Imperial County Department of Social Services.

Nenes (HIPPY) (Children)


Project Nenes targets and recruits families with children ages 3-5 and offers in-home instruction using the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) curriculum. This internationally recognized program is delivered through trained parent home visitors to help prepare children for kindergarten entry by developing the overall school readiness of the children. Focus is on stay-at-home children that generally do not receive preschool instruction and enter the school system unprepared. The families participate in parent support groups and receive weekly in-home instruction, school readiness, and school materials for thirty weeks. Funded by Imperial County Children and Families First Commission.

PADRES (Fathers) 


Project PADRES uses evidence-based curriculums to help fathers succeed as parents and as providers. Participants receive a stipend while they explore and learn about topics in healthy marriage/relationship education, parenting, fatherhood skills, financial literacy, and employment readiness. PADRES offers case management support, support services, paid on-the-job training, and employment placement services. The project serves 200 participants on an annual basis. Eligibility is based on income (receiving TANF or TANF eligible) or as measured by Federal income guidelines, father or expectant fathers, and participants at least 18 years of age and older.  Funded by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.



Project THRIVE provides mental health and substance abuse management services to CalWORKs customers that are navigating barriers affecting their preparation, obtainment and retention of employment. Project manages a full range of behavioral health services to support customer’s participation through the CalWORKs process and eventually through the long-term goal of employment. Funded by Imperial County Department of Social Services, CalWORKs.

WIA Adult Training 


Training opportunities for adults interested in applying through the One-Stop Employment Centers are available. WIA eligible participants receive classroom and hands-on instruction for industry specific skills along with supportive services that may be available to enhance the training. Courses available are Nursing Assistant, Security Guard and Class A Truck Driving. Funded by Imperial County Workforce Development Board as Individual Training Accounts (ITAs).




Project WORK supports CalWORKs clients in gaining regular employment by placing clients in subsidized employment opportunities and providing guidance and support potentially resulting in permanent employment. This project supports the employer by providing a no-cost, on-the-job training situation allowing businesses to develop clients into effective long-term employees. Funded by Imperial County Department of Social Services, CalWORKs, Welfare to Work.


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Updated 10/20/2014