AmeriCorps NEO Skills Corps
NEO Skills Corps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and overseen through a partnership between University Settlement and The Literacy Cooperative.
NEO Skill Corps is an AmeriCorps programs which partners with 10 nonprofit organizations to provide financial literacy, adult literacy and workforce development to adults in Northeast Ohio. Members are assigned to partner agencies (Host Sites) to facilitate money management workshops addressing topics such as realist goal setting, credit management and setting a budget based on personal income and expenses. Participants have the option to request individual coaching to address personal issues and develop a plan to make adjustments where needed. Members also facilitate workforce development programs on topics such as digital literacy, customer service, manufacturing, culinary basics, health care preparation, employability skills and job searching. NEO Skills Corps sponsors two job fairs yearly to help participants obtain and maintain employment.
Throughout the past service year, NEO Skill Corps provided Financial Literacy to 950 individuals. Of the number who completed the Pre- and Post-Test, 98% demonstrated an increase in knowledge due to the material presented. Members completed more than 4,008 hours of core financial literacy facilitation, offered 1,671 electives, and completed 3,342 hours of workshop facilitation. NEO Skill Corps assisted 873 individuals to either open bank accounts (352), create a budget (410), develop a debt management plan (111) and completed 610 hours of financial 1:1 coaching. NEO Skill Corps assisted 902 individuals, 362 completed job training with 164 obtaining employment, 376 completed WorkKeys and received certificates and 3,297 hours of adult education counseling were provided.