Important Links to helpful resources to help deal with the current pandemic:
HOME SCHOOLING RESOURCE:
SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES:
* Paycheck Protection Program: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp
- The Small Business Majority: https://smallbusinessmajority.org/covid-19-daily-updates-for-small-businesses
- SBA: https://www.sba.gov/
- California Small Business Development Center: https://www.californiasbdc.org/
- California State Treasurers Office: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1tYNAyRgzUfsAlLl7RJC0Ez_ClyyLXSsNWfB-1UPetQY/htmlview?usp=gmail&urp=gmail_link
- ICA Small Business Resources and News during COVID-19: https://docs.google.com/document/d/10sJb8Emet-t22PHBeBlD9KcfPIeX3_zm-awWYVODP6g/edit
- California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity (CAMEO): https://cameonetwork.org/coronavirus-resources-for-business
- https://onwardca.org/. One-stop resource for the people of California impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Accelerated Job Search Groups: The Accelerated Job Search (AJS) program offers daily check-ins to receive support from other job seekers. It also offers opportunities to learn from employment experts, sharpen job search skills, and share job leads. Meetings are 60–90 minutes long.
- Job Search Skills Workshops: Four key elements of a job search include writing résumés, finding job leads, networking, and preparing for interviews. You can get training on each of these topics by joining one of the workshops. Most sessions last one hour, and all are run by an employment professional.
- Ask an Expert: In the Ask an Expert sessions, you can participate in an open forum facilitated by one of our employment professionals. You can come with a question about your own job search, or just listen and get an idea of what other job seekers are experiencing.
For those in your stake who are interested in creating a small side business, in addition to their full-time job, Employment Services is offering the following virtual self-reliance group.
- Starting a side business: Participants will learn tips and resources for turning a hobby or personal interest into an additional source of income. The group meets online every Thursday at 7:00 PM (Mountain Time). To join the meeting via Zoom, click this link at the meeting time: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87388282069.
Recently Returned or Waiting Missionaries
- They can enroll immediately in virtual Institute classes.
- You could have the Stake SR Committee organize a virtual Life Skills group. They could accelerate the material by meeting twice a week. By accelerating the material, they would complete all 12 lessons in six weeks. The Life Skills course is designed for youth ages 16 to 18 and YSA. I am attaching a pdf version of the Life Skills material.
- PathwayConnect is not for everyone. It is a reduced-cost online program that prepares students to start or finish a degree by building spiritual confidence and teaching foundational academic skills. While all course credits count toward a bachelor's degree, each missionary would need to determine if this made sense for their academic goals and plans. They can still apply and register for the spring virtual semester. The semester starts April 20 and ends July 25. This would not work for missionaries who were reassigned in May. Elder and Sister Franks would be a great resource for you and these missionaries.
- They could also explore courses available through StraighterLine. These classes are on-line and self-paced and have no start or end dates. Students can take just one course. They offer an impressive variety of courses. Students have the option of taking the first two lessons for free to determine if the course will work for them. Please take note that courses taken will ONLY be accepted by one of their 130+ partner colleges, but not by UC/CSU or BYU. Here is a link to their website: https://www.straighterline.com/.
- They could also take courses through Learnkey. This is another self-paced, on-demand learning with built-in labs and exams. Hence, there are no specific start and end dates. The Church has a contract with them so the missionaries could take the classes without a financial cost. The following is a link to their website: https://www.learnkey.com/. I am attaching an electronic copy of their course catalogue.
Here is a bit of additional information about PathwayConnect and some of the options they are offering your members and the 25% tuition scholarship for returned missionaries:
PathwayConnect is a one-year, reduced-cost online program that prepares students to start or finish a degree at just $73/credit in the United States. Those who maintain at least a B average are able to complete their degree completely online through BYU-Idaho or Ensign College (formerly LDS Business College).
- 25% Tuition Scholarship for Returned Missionaries
All returned missionaries who have come home in the last 5 years will receive a quarter-tuition scholarship for PathwayConnect. This may be particularly helpful for missionaries who have returned home early and don’t have current educational plans or job prospects.
- Online Certificates and Degrees
For those who already have a degree but want to retool their career or have recently completed a year or more of college, BYU-Pathway offers direct admission into certificate and degree programs offered completely online through BYU-Idaho. Most certificates can be completed in one year or less and tuition is just $125/credit.
The next semester begins April 20, and the following semester begins September 14. Admission is open to all Church members and friends of the Church. Applications are accepted at byupathway.org.