Wednesday, April 29, 2009

S.T.E.P. Up D.C. Youth Leaders Fellowship

Are you a high school age youth in Washington, DC? Do you have leadership potential and a desire to make sure D.C. schools help all students to graduate prepared for college or a good career? Do you want to learn leadership and advocacy skills? Do you like the idea of working with and learning from other youth from across the city with different opinions, views and backgrounds? Then apply to the S.T.E.P. Up D.C. Youth Leaders Fellowship!!

More information and application here.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Definition of Workforce Development

Workforce development for youth encompasses a wide range of employment and educational services.

We define workforce development as including the following:

  • Building relationships with employers and placing youth in internships or jobs
  • Providing programming that exposes youth to careers and/or occupations
  • Career and technical education (teaching specific skills for an occupation or craft)
  • Work readiness training that provides a general orientation to the world of work, such as punctuality and interpersonal skills (sometimes called soft skills training)
  • Entrepreneurship
  • GED preparation
  • External Diploma Program 
We define youth as people between 14 and 24 years of age. We are interested in
  • youth programs that incorporate workforce development elements, and
  • workforce development programs that serve youth (both those that serve youth exclusively and those that serve youth and adults.)