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YES - The Youth Employability Skills Program

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Learn about our successful Youth Employability Skills (YES) program, a spring break session that brings together over 30 business partners who facilitate employability skills workshops for students, preparing them for internships and work-based learning opportunities. Participants will learn about the curriculum, student and business volunteer recruiting strategies, public relations plan and student and volunteer evaluations.

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YES - The Youth Employability Skills Program

  1. 1. #NAFNext2014
  2. 2. YES: The Youth Employability Skills Program Michael Maziarz, Principal Academy of Engineering and Green Technology, Hartford Dayl Walker, NAF ABLC member, Program Manager Connecticut Business and Industry Association, Hartford #NAFNext2014
  3. 3. What do you want your students to be able to do when they graduate? •Start with the end in mind. •Who is sitting at the table? Where do we start? #NAFNext2014
  4. 4. •Research, analyze, evaluate through reading, writing, and speech •Think critically •Collaborate •Use technology •Career and life skills •Ask for help, ask for more, learn. •Say, “Thank You.” Our Vision #NAFNext2014
  5. 5. What does the school do to prepare students from Day 1? • Climate and culture • In school • Outside of school • All grade levels Back to the beginning
  6. 6. What does the Advisory Board do? • Classroom visits • Speak, present, tutor • Host breakfasts • Conduct workshops • Develop curriculum Role of Business
  7. 7. Building the Program and Schedule: •Vacation!? Why? •Why at school? •Why these presenters? •Keep the end in mind: Align workshops to vision Planning
  8. 8. Who are AEGT students? • Hartford: One of America’s poorest cities • Open to all • Grades 9-12 • 100% free and reduced lunch • Important demographics Our students
  9. 9. Recruiting students • Not just A+ kids • Need buy in • Cookie meetings • “I selected you.” • WIFM – gifts! How to find the right students
  10. 10. Recruiting Volunteers •Everyone we know •Presentations at companies •Training •Match How to find the right presenters
  11. 11. One week before: agenda to all Send to media See handout Agenda for the Week
  12. 12. Planning Communication Plan B We had thought of everything and had a back-up plan for all contingencies! Critical Elements
  13. 13. First Day of YES Academy – April Vacation 2014
  14. 14. Team Building – Building a Balloon Rocket
  15. 15. Financial Literacy - How Much Do I Want to Earn?
  16. 16. Time Management – How Am I Spending My Time?
  17. 17. Team Building 2 – Building a Paper Tower
  18. 18. Interview Prep – Mock Interviews
  19. 19. Financial Literacy – Millionaire’s Game
  20. 20. Resume Development – Resumes 1
  21. 21. Business Etiquette and Social Communication
  22. 22. Job Applications, Cover Letters and Thank You Notes
  23. 23. Professional Dress for Men – How 2 Tie a Tie
  24. 24. Professional Dress for Women – Pearls for Girls
  25. 25. Taking Initiative
  26. 26. Evaluations: Every Student, Every Class, Every Volunteer
  27. 27. From Students From Business Volunteers Evaluation Results
  28. 28. For the students…. For the business community… For the school… Keeping the end in mind… Results…
  29. 29. TV - Fox 61 News Newspapers Company publications - CBIA News School system newsletter -Hartford Public Schools Highlights Effects on: • Companies • Students • Recruiting • Funding Get the Benefit of “Feel Good” Stories…
  30. 30. YES Academy Students and Volunteers
  31. 31. Thank You!!! Michael Maziarz, Principal, AEGT, Hartford, CT mazmi001@hartfordschools.org Dayl Walker, NAF ABLC Member, CBIA, Hartford, CT dayl.walker@cbia.com

Editor's Notes

  • YES curriculum developed over 15 years, modified each year based on business feedback about what they saw lacking in entry-level employees.
  • Food gets kids in the door. Then we have to keep them. Eddie Rodriguez taught me that.
  • Pass out the hand out at this point so they can look at the agenda. Talk about the general organization of the agenda: two classes back to back so volunteers can teach two sessions, start with team building day 1 and 2, put the heavy day as day 3, etc. Review of what’s in the classes will come with photos.
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  • Students: Attendance: 96%, Rating: 85% A, 13% B, 2% C
    Volunteers: Rating: 86% A, 14% B Would you volunteer for YES next year? 100% yes
    “I am grateful for everything that you all have done for our school and especially for me. I learned so much in four days that I would never have learned in years.” Taken from one of the students’ thank you letters.
    “What a great and meaningful and well-organized program. Thanks so much for including me.” Comment from volunteer evaluation form

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