We help young adults, who are not in school, figure out what they want to do and help them get there through guidance, accountability and goal setting.  We guide them through the enrollment process for college or short-term certification and/or help them find work experiences with area employers to build their resumes or gain experience in their chosen career field.

Qualifications:  The young adults we can help are ages 18-24, have not been in school for the last 3 months, and have a barrier to employment.  Those barriers can be any one of the following: need a  high school diploma, be low income, have legal issues, be homeless, aged out of the foster care system, have child(ren) or be pregnant, or have a disability.  You can speak to any of the Team LAUNCH staff to see if you qualify.

We provide services in Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall and McCracken Counties!  We can come to you!

Workshops and academic improvement

We offer monthly workshops to help you improve your work readiness skills so you can become leaders in your chosen career paths.  The workshops will include

  • Orientation
  • Customer Service and Sales
  • Financial Literacy
  • Employability Skills
  • Life Skills

We will continue to add to our workshops to provide you with great opportunities to learn and grow.

We also strive to encourage you to improve your academic skills so that you can be ready for any opportunity that comes your way.  It helps you get ready for school, improve your problem solving skills, and helps you follow through with given tasks, which employers really like.


We connect you with area education partners to provide short-term certification training.  The certifications will be industry recognized certifications that you can use nationally.

Some of the ones we work with now are:

  • Customer Service and Sales
  • ServSafe for Managers
  • CNA
  • Phlebotomy
  • EMT
  • CompTia A+
  • Welding
  • CDL
  • Fork Lift

We are always looking for new certification and training opportunities, so the list is always growing!

Work Experiences or Internships

work experience helps you learn what it is like to work in a field that you have never worked in before or helps you build your resume if you have a limited work history. We work with area employers to give you up to 500 hours of training, mentoring, and guiding while we pay your wages. During that time, we can counsel with you on things your employer is concerned about like professionalism, teamwork, communication, etc. so that the employer wants to hire you at the end of the work experience.

An internship is a little bit different.  If  you have worked in a particular career path, but need to learn how to do a new job in that field, and internship might be better.  In this case, we will pay up to $5,000 of your wages to give you time to learn the job with the goal that the employer will choose to hire you after the internship is completed.

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We will talk with you about what you are looking for and we will recommend potential employees based on those requirements. We will provide you with applications or resumes and ask you to interview the candidate to see if they would work for you. Then we would need you to fill out a worksite agreement that will include your address, contact information, FEIN #, wages and title of position as well as at least 2 supervisors.  We will also do a very short supervisor training so that everyone understands the program. 

Our staff will check in with you at least once a month to see how things are going, but you may, at any time, contact us if you run into an issue.  We can work with the candidate to help them become a great employee for you.  We will collect timesheets that you have approved, every 2 weeks.  We will notify you as the candidate nears the end of their time so that you have time to roll them into your payroll if you choose to hire them as a regular employee.

All candidates must pass a drug screen and go through an employability workshop before they come to work for you.

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Team LAUNCH is funded through a grant from the Department of Labor as a result of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  The grant dollars are funneled through the West KY Workforce Board with a competitive grant process.  The grant is awarded for 3 years, with an annual review process.


Anica Smith            Program Facilitator Cell: 270-210-8164

Iesha Shumpert      Success Coach Cell: 270-210-7206

Jacklin Scott           Administrative Assistant

70 Hickory Lane
Hickory, KY 42051

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