A cornerstone of the AARP Foundation WorkSearch program, the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a work training program for persons 55 and over who meet residency and income requirements. The program is authorized under Title V of the Older Americans Act and funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, and administered through the AARP Foundation an affiliated 501(c)(3) nonpartisan
charitable organization of AARP, established in 1961. AARP Foundation SCSEP operates nearly 75 project offices in 22 states and Puerto Rico. The senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a community service and work based training program for older workers. Eligible participants must be at least 55, unemployed, and have a family income of no more than 125% of the federal poverty level ($13,538). Participants work an average of 20 hours a week, and are paid the highest of federal, state or local minimun wage. They are placed in a wide variety of community service activities at non-profit and public facilities, including day-care centers, senior centers, schools and hospitals. It is intended that community service training serves as a bridge to unsubsidized employment opportunities; SCSEP's goal is to place 30% of its authorized positions into unsubsidized employment annually. Available services: Services available through the SCSEP program for assisting older workers are:
*Community Services- the program provides over 40 million community service hours to public and non-profit agencies, allowing them to enhance and provide needed servides.
*Participant Services - Individual Employment Plan (IEP) development, orentation, community service placement, training specific to community service assignment, other training as identified in the IEP, supportive services, wages, fringe benefits, annual physicals, assistance in securing unsubsidized employment, and access to local American Job Centers, formerly known as One-Stop Career Centers.