The Energy Warriors Green Career Pathways program introduces youth at four New York State, Office of Children and Family Services facilities to green career training, work readiness and life skills development. The program combines classroom instruction with hands on energy efficiency skills training and consists of the following three components: 1) Energy Warriors curriculum and training, 2) on the job training work experience, and 3) creation of reentry education and employment training opportunities for teens in their home communities.
The program started in the Finger Lakes Residential Center (Tompkins County) in November 2014. In the fall of 2015, the program expanded to the Youth Leadership Academy-another OCFS facility in Delaware county and in September 2016, Brookwood Secure Center (Columbia county) came on Board.
The latest addition is the Taberg facility (Oneida county), the only Girls' facility where Energy Warriors program is being delivered, which commenced on January 2018.
All of this was built on a 10-week pilot of Energy Warriors at the Finger Lakes Residential Center that ended in June 2013.
Last updated March 18, 2019