KLEO Professionals Academy

The KLEO Professionals Academy guides participants through three phases of comprehensive training over a defined period of time; PHASE I: Employability Skills, PHASE II: Job Retention and PHASE III: Life Skills. Theses targeted areas of youth development have a significant bearing on the quality of life for youth presently and into their future.


ATTENDANCE – Each day of programming provides something distinct and valuable to every student’s development and they are expected to manage their time responsibly. Upon entry into the KLEO Professionals Academy students are notified and must strictly adhere to our attendance policy. Students exceeding three late arrivals or absences will be discharged from the program. Attendance is non-negotiable. In consideration of students with emergency-related issues beyond their control, we will designate Friday of each week as a make-up day to review missed information.

PREPAREDNESS – The KLEO Professionals Academy provides all of its students with the supplies they will need for programming. To encourage preparedness and avoid situations which could hinder reaching program goals and objectives, supplies will remain on site at the end of each session. Students are required to set up a personal email account for notices and miscellaneous program information. It is the student’s responsibility to be fully prepared for programming each day.

PARTICIPATION – Teaching is done collaboratively allowing students to interact with the instructor in real-time by expressing concerns, providing feedback or simply asking for clarity. Participative teaching methods actively engage students in their own development process.


OBJECTIVE: Considering the many youth facing multiple threats to their health, employability skills programming enhances job readiness and positions our youth to successfully enter the workforce, which serves as an effective means to address the lack of employment opportunities and many ills of poverty.


OBJECTIVE: Current job training programs for youth concentrate on helping them to identify career interests and search for jobs. However, very few emphasize how to keep those jobs when statistics and research clearly shows that youth entering the workforce are at high risk of losing their job and that the primary reason for this is because they lack essential life skills to successfully integrate into the workforce and maintain employment. This segment equips students with effective strategies to maintain employment and open up opportunities for advancement in the workplace.


OBJECTIVE: This life skills segment is a 2-part series, which places an emphasis on Nurturance, Self-Destructive Behaviors, Belief Systems and Coping Skills. A key aspect of human development is the acquisition of life skills; more specifically, social, cognitive and emotional coping skills. Life skills enhancement will aid students in strengthening protective factors, adopting responsible behaviors and developing the competencies that facilitate a healthy transition into adulthood.