Adventure Central in Dayton provides urban youth meaningful employment and volunteer experiences. It does so within the context of a planned and structured workforce preparation program designed to help youth develop marketable skills (e.g., technical, interpersonal, time management and critical thinking). Goals for Adventure Central Workforce Prep are to:
A multi-tiered approach is used offering youth a variety of experiences to meet their individual skills and interests while also accomplishing organizational goals. The program includes two major components: Participation in a broad youth development program with a specific emphasis on life skills, job skills, goal setting and career exploration; and hands-on work experience for teens.
During the past year, over 100 youth in grades K-12 completed activities using Junior Achievement curricula where they learned and practiced workforce skills. A comprehensive workforce preparation program was developed for teens to include an application and interview skills session, success in the workplace training, week-long orientation focusing on youth/adult partnerships and training for the tracks of youth education, nutrition education and horticulture/butterfly house.
Teens reported increased skills that were also observed by supervisors and documented through performance appraisals. A team of four teens and two staff taught a session at the Children, Youth and Families At Risk (CYFAR) conference on the workforce preparation program at Adventure Central.
When asked about what the gained from being in JET, teens said:
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Created: 2008-04-14, Updated: 2008-04-14