Apply to help as a mentor, or apply as a student.

What the program provides students:

  • Soft skills classes (9 weeks)

  • A mentor to assist both during and after the program

  • Practice applying and interviewing for jobs

  • Guaranteed job interview upon graduation

  • Job search assistance

  • $250 housing stipend upon completion of program

Addressing underemployment, one life at a time.

COM's newest ministry is called "Project Thrive." Recognizing that one of the drivers of poverty is unemployment and underemployment, we set out to create an "on-ramp" to better employment for individuals in our community.

Unfortunately, many obstacles exist to finding or keeping meaningful employment. Furthermore, many people grew up in environments where basic life skills and soft skills many of us take for granted were never taught. That's where Project Thrive comes in.

Over the course of 10 weeks, students take classes on life skills and employment soft skills, get opportunities to practice those skills through volunteering at COM in real-world work settings, get practice applying and interviewing for jobs, and ultimately are connected with local businesses in search of workers.

A key part of this program is pairing up every student with a mentor. This mentor serves as a cheerleader to encourage and motivate the student to reach their full potential. The program is not about telling students what to do, but rather working with students to empower them to accomplish the employment goals that work best for their life.

Email Matthew Stewart at or at 417-326-2769 ext 1508 for additional information about the program and how to get involved.

$20 application fee currently is being waived. Apply today!

This program is supported in part by an Americorps VISTA grant.