Welcoming Yvette ‘Yvie’ Dickson: Our New Job Developer for SCSEP

The United Way of the Cape Fear Area is excited and proud to announce the addition of a new staff member who will be supporting its Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

Yvette “Yvie” Dickson, of Leland, is new to the Cape Fear area after moving from Albany, N.Y., where she worked with New York state government for 20 years in a variety of roles serving children and families.

Yvette earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Service Management from State University of New York Empire State College, Saratoga, N.Y., and a Master’s in Public Administration from Marist College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She also holds certification in Financial Master Training.

In her leisure time, you’re likely to see her volunteering to provide financial training to individuals and families, or at the beach with a book in hand. 

As a staff member, she will be SCSEP’s Job Developer tasked with outreach, recruiting, screening, and enrolling new SCSEP jobseekers, and providing them with job search and placement assistance, among other duties.

Yvette started her new role January 9 and is excited about using her experience to connect seniors with paid community service and employment opportunities to improve their skills and increase their income to ultimately enhance their self-sufficiency.

The Senior Community Service Employment Program is the only federally funded, paid community service, job training, and job search assistance program exclusively for low-income, unemployed individuals who are at least 55 years old. Funding for SCSEP originated with U.S. Labor Department and comes to UWCFA in the form of an annual grant from nonprofit agency The Center for Workforce Inclusion, Silver Spring, MD.

Our program helps participants find meaningful employment, either full- or part-time, to gain financial stability, and fosters their sense of self-esteem and dignity.

UWCFA has sponsored the program locally since 1977, serving residents in Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, Onslow, and Pender counties.