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This project is an initiative of the International Youth Foundation, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The initiative seeks to identify and share innovative global approaches for increasing youth connection with practitioners, policymakers, and funders across the United States. The goal is to foster learning and energize support for holistic solutions aimed at providing millions of youth in the U.S. who are not in work or school with opportunities to lead healthy, productive lives. This video shows one of the sister organizations in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, which provides pre-employment training and job matching.
Digital Harbor transformed a closed-down rec center in Baltimore City into a vibrant Tech Center for youth. Among opportunities for all grades and ages, it is open to middle and high school aged youth who have successfully completed the Maker Foundations program, and have access to advanced courses in fabrication, programming, electronics, and more. Members are also offered opportunities that reach beyond the Tech Center into the local community and active technology fields such as college credit, internships, volunteer opportunities, speaking engagements, and much more.
Stepping Up, based at the International School of Louisiana’s Community Works, focuses on career exploration and high school selection and transition. The classes are taught by an instructor who has extensive experience in developing curricula aligned with career exploration and preparation for life after high school and/or college. The program also brings in guest speakers who are working in fields such as the film industry, the recycling industry, the restaurant industry, the criminal justice field, and the music industry.
The Student Success Jobs Program (SSJP) is a year-round internship program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital designed to introduce 80 Boston high school students to medical, health, and science professions. Students are matched with health care professionals who provide mentoring and serve as role models.
Green City Force (GCF) works with 18 – 24 year old high school graduates who live in New York City public housing. It prepares young adults to succeed in their chosen careers by engaging them in full-time AmeriCorps national service, training, and work experiences related to the clean energy economy. In doing so, Green City Force encourages them to lead socially and environmentally responsible lives. GCF is working towards a “green city” built on principles of sustainability, social, economic and environmental justice.