Prosperous Futures


At Pro Action, we’re firm believers that people have what it takes to create the future they want for themselves, even in the face of challenges and set-backs. Pro Action programs in the Prosperous Futures domain help pave the path to prosperity and support people as they bounce back from adversity. These programs provide guidance and tools for job seekers to find and secure good jobs, while helping them develop skills and supporting their success in the workforce. In addition, some programs help people work toward financial goals and build assets.

Obtaining & Maintaining Employment

Getting a job is the main path for most people to provide for themselves and their families. For people to get and keep good jobs, they need to have the skills that employers need, and the know-how to find job opportunities that are right for them. Job seekers who have the skills employers need have the best chance of getting a job.  Because people grow and industries change, many of these skills are gathered through a process of life-long learning. That’s why Pro Action’s Prosperous Futures programs serve everyone from the very young to the young at heart.

Adult Literacy Services

Pro Action’s Adult Literacy program empowers people to improve skills in speaking, reading and writing in English. This program pairs adult learners with trained tutors to work one-one-one or in small groups toward the learner’s language goals.  It is available at no cost to the learner and is 100% confidential.

Adult Literacy Services Offered

  • Matching with a trained tutor
  • Learning resources
  • English language conversation groups
  • Volunteer tutor training
  • Referrals to other adult education resources

Pro Action Adult Literacy
Program Contact:
Wendy Harrison
607-776-2125 ext 4116

Youth Empowerment Program

Pro Action’s Youth Empowerment Program expands opportunities for young adults to build job skills naturally … before it’s time to make it on their own. Participants explore career alternatives and gain marketable skills through education, interaction, and skill building.  Pro Action’s Youth Empowerment Program is made possible in part by United Way of the Southern Tier, Keuka Area Fund, Triangle Fund, Edith Saxton Fund, and CSBG.

Youth Empowerment Program Services

  • Exploration of career alternatives
  • Help with learning employment skills
  • Help with creating a strong résumé
  • Exposure to the Workforce NY Career Zone web site
  • Mock interviews to prepare for a strong interview

Summer Youth Employment

The Summer Youth Employment Program gives youth ages 14-20 an opportunity to gain valuable work experiences at various worksites throughout Steuben County. Job assignments are typically 24-32 hours per week, paid at the current minimum wage of $13.20 per hour.  Program eligibility includes receiving one or more of the following benefits: Family Assistance/Safety Net, Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Heap or SSI. If you do not receive one of the above,  family income must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.

The application period for the Summer Youth Employment Program is now open! The application is below:

SYE 2022 Application Fillable

SYE 2022 Application Instructions

SYE 2022 Application For Printing (Non-fillable)

Contact Wendy Harrison with any questions at: or by phone at: 607-776-2125 ext. 4116

Youth Empowerment Program
Program Contact:
Wendy Harrison
607-776-2125 ext. 4116

American Job Center Network / Workforce NY Partner / Finger Lakes Works Partner

Pro Action partners with CSS Workforce NY, Finger Lakes Works and Steuben and Yates Counties in the One Stop Career Centers located in Bath, Hornell and Penn Yan. One Stop Career Centers help hundreds of job seekers obtain and maintain employment by offering employment and training assistance, supporting their prosperous futures.  To find out more  about Workforce NY, visit: , and for more about Finger Lakes Works, visit:

One-Stop Career Center Services:

  • Career Guidance
  • Job Search Planning
  • Resume Preparation Assistance
  • Interview Preparation
  • Job Referrals
  • Paid education and training for in demand occupations
  • On the Job Training
  • Onsite field office of NYS Department of Labor, ACCESS-VR, BOCES, and other agencies

*Please note: Due to the pandemic there are limited walk in hours at our locations and we encourage you to call ahead to make an appointment. You can also call ahead to explore the many phone or virtual services offered.

Bath Career Center
117 E. Steuben Street
Bath, NY 14810

Elmira Career Center
318 Madison Avenue
Elmira, NY 14901

Hornell Career Center
107 Broadway
Hornell, NY 14843

Montour Falls Career Center
323 Owego Street
Montour Falls, NY 14865

Finger Lakes Works – Yates
Mon-Fri  9:00A – 4:00P
417 Liberty Street
Suite 2051
Penn Yan, NY 14527
315-536-5140 – Website
Fax: 315-531-3226

Senior Community Service & Employment Program

Pro Action wants you to know that it’s never too late to learn new skills and find a fulfilling job!  Our Senior Community Service Employment Program matches job seekers with a community service assignment based on employment interests and goals. Participants work 20 hours per week and earn minimum wage while gaining experience, increasing skills and building self-confidence. These training assignments can be used as a bridge to find job opportunities outside the program. In fact, the experience often leads to permanent employment. · This program serves four counties including Allegany, Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben. Pro Action partners with Workforce NY and Steuben County to operate One Stop Career Centers in Bath, Corning and Hornell as well as in Chemung and Schuyler Counties.

Senior Community Service Employment Program Services:

  • Placement into a community service assignment
  • On the job skills and experience

Wheels for Work

The Steuben County Wheels for Work program helps eligible individuals secure reliable transportation to either retain or obtain employment.
Steuben County Wheels for Work Services include:

  • Zero percent interest vehicle loans
  • Auto repair grants
  • Insurance payment grants
  • Registration grants


The Chemung County Wheels for Work program is offered in partnership with the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc.
The Chemung County program is able to assist income eligible individuals with:

  • Auto repair grants
  • Insurance payment grants
  • Registration grants

Child Care

Pro Action’s Child Care Council provides information and referral to parents seeking child care. Through Pro Action Child Care Council, child care fee assistance is available for some eligible families. Visit their web site for more information.

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