Welcome to a Tuesday edition of "Monday's Resources"! We hope you enjoyed the long weekend.
Since our pre-Labor Day posting was a bit of a downer, we wanted to start the week with some valuable resources for anyone who prepares young people for the world of employment.
Our friends at Workforce Professionals Training Institute have recently gathered many of the best practices from its exceptional professional development workshops into a series of free guides for youth workers.
- Connecting Young People to the Right Employers: 7 Strategies for Effective Job Development (PDF, 2010). Finding employers willing to hire young people can be challenging, especially in a down economy. Learn the seven essential steps to success that every job developer should master.
- Retention Intervention: 9 Strategies that get Young People to WANT to Stay in Your Program (PDF, 2010). It's hard to help a young person who won't show up, but maybe the problem lies with how we "sell" what our programs can offer. WPTI identifies nine practices that will increase the appeal of your program.
- Motivational Magic: 7 Essential Facilitation Strategies to Engage Youth and Promote Experiential Learning (PDF, 2010). Struggling to keep young people engaged in the classroom? Discover the seven essential facilitation strategies that demonstrate confidence, promote inclusiveness, and stimulate growth.
- Career Exploration for NYC's Young People: From "Generation Recession" to Long-Term Self-Sufficiency (PDF, 2010). Many young people's aspirations are limited by a "poverty of imagination" -- their lack of exposure to the broader world. Help them understand why career exploration is important, and get them excited about possibilities they might never consider on their own.