Friday, February 8, 2013

Youth Employment Problem

In a recent blog, the Center for Community Change referenced a recently released report, “Establishing a Foothold in the Labor Market for Young Workers Through Subsidized Jobs”, highlighting the issue of youth unemployment and under-employment.  Some facts that the blog cited were:

·         21% of African Americans ages 18-29 were unemployed in September 201
·         12.1% of Hispanics ages 18-29 were unemployed in September 2012
·         Unemployment among workers 18-29 rose to 12% in October 2012, far exceeding the overall unemployment rate.

The solution they propose is the introduction of a subsidized job program.  We at C4K believe that this could be very beneficial for unemployed youth.  We also think that we could play a foundational part in helping to get those young people who might be going into working with children and youth to be “work-ready”.  Our comprehensive staff development system that includes written, audio and visual learning opportunities has been designed to develop content knowledge and understanding with those who participate.  The system, available 24/7, can fit right into the school schedules of these young people, and for those not in school, can help them to build the skills needed for employment.

After school and other out-of-school time positions can be a perfect fit for these young people, and since most out-of-school time programs hire from within the community they serve, this employment could be a win-win for all concerned.  Check out the following link to see what we offer:  Sample Videos

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