Do you remember your first job as a teenager? Whether you were a lifeguard at the neighborhood pool or cashier at a local grocery store, chances are that your first job did far more than finance trips to the mall or movies: it gave you a taste of the responsibility and teamwork.
Today's youth need that same experience. A chance to learn how to be part of something greater than themselves. The US Department of Labor is actively recruiting businesses and organizations to commit to being part of its Summer Jobs 2012
initiative. As part of Summer Jobs 2012, employers can make a "Pathways Pledge" by choosing at least one of the following three pathways to employment for low-income youth: Life Skills:
Provide youth work-related soft skills, such as communication, time management and teamwork, through coursework and/or experience. This includes resume writing or interview workshops and mentorship programs. Work Skills:
Provide youth insight into the world of work to prepare for employment. This includes job shadow days and internships. Learn and Earn:
Provide youth on-the-job skills in a learning environment while earning wages for their work. Interested? To learn more about this exciting youth-focused workforce initiative, click here