The Greater Northeast Optimist Club (GNOC, formerly known as Jehovah Optimist Club of Detroit) began its Outreach Program in the summer of June 1999. Youth were paid to provide landscaping and lawn services for the elderly residents in the community for four weeks. The funding was provided by private donations and the Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church.
In 2000 and 2001, our program expanded to include career exploration, job readiness and paid work experiences.
Purpose and Goals: Prepare youths ages 14-17, in their transition from school to work through employable skills training, paid work experiences, leadership development, career explorations and community service.
*Requirements of Applicants: Youth must be 14-17 (new age limit 2015), have a grade point average of 2.5; a resident of Detroit or the area surrounding Detroit; complete application requirements, passed interview screening, and get background check from police department.
Funding: Funds are raised through donations from friends, family, and fundraising events, grant programs, and church donations. Youths are paid by the optimist club from available funds. None of the club members are paid a salary all work is volunteered, as a means of giving back to our community. Oasis of Hope Christian Church provides the facility to conduct the classroom training and interviewing.
*Work Program criteria is subject to change
**Check back for 2017 Work Program Application**
2015 Summer Work Program Brochure