What helps young people feel ready for the world of work?
How do young people describe the connections they need?
What kind of support do young people find most helpful?
Across the country, the COVID-19 pandemic has decimated an already fragile youth employment landscape. In grappling with how best to support young people during this time, youth-supporting programs, employers, and policymakers can benefit from better understanding the experiences and perspectives of young people themselves—how their identities shape their work trajectories; what eases or thwarts their employment journeys; and what makes them feel ready for, connected to, and supported in the world of work.
During this webinar, we will explore findings from our new qualitative study on youth employment, outlined in the forthcoming report, Finding a Way Forward: Young People’s Experiences Navigating the World of Work. The report examines questions about work and careers from the perspectives of 65 young people aged 16-28 who participate in one of five exemplary workforce development programs. In this virtual conversation:
- Young people will share how the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing systemic barriers like racism and discrimination have affected their career journeys and how they’re overcoming these obstacles
- Young people will reflect on the value of connecting with networks outside their own circles and what it means to be their true selves in the workplace.
- Program leaders will share specific strategies for how they’re connecting young people to opportunities during this unprecedented time.
Invited speakers include staff and youth leaders from the following programs:
- Per Scholas - Dallas, TX
- iJAG - Des Moines, IA
- YouthBuild - Compton, CA
Join us on Tuesday, October 27 from 1:00-2:15pm ET for this important and timely conversation!
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