Tag: Youth employment

Skills to Pay the Bills: Preparing Young People for the World of Work

Skills to Pay the Bills: Preparing Young People for the World of Work

Editor’s note: The following has been cross-posted from the Disability.Gov blog. Who can forget their first job? Mine came as a teenager when I worked as a receptionist for a personal injury attorney. You know, one of those lawyers who comes on television and says, “If you’ve been in an accident, call me!” Well, all […]

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Career Exploration: A Critical Experience for All Youth

Career Exploration: A Critical Experience for All Youth

As another ODEP-led National Disability Employment Awareness Month draws to a close, I am heartened by all the fantastic ways individuals and organizations have worked to spread the spirit of this year’s theme, Because We Are EQUAL to the Task. This spirit was perhaps most evident on Disability Mentoring Day (DMD), which this year served […]

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Sailing to Success

Sailing to Success

When I was a teenager, I learned to sail. People are often surprised when they learn this. I was born blind, after all, and combining blindness and sailing sounds like a scary proposition. But I was so enthralled with the sea that I enrolled in the Sea Explorers program, an offshoot of the Boy Scouts […]

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Stewardship, Service and Skills for the Future

Stewardship, Service and Skills for the Future

Overwhelmed by America’s natural beauty,  President Theodore Roosevelt once declared, “We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune.” The appreciation for America’s great outdoors combined with a sense of […]

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Giving Youth the Chance to Succeed

Today the Employment and Training Administration made $75 million in grants available for the YouthBuild program. If you represent a public or private nonprofit organization with experience serving at-risk youth in YouthBuild or other similar programs, I encourage you to apply for a grant. YouthBuild is an effective program for helping young people get good […]

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The Global Face of Labor

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Unemployment, Workforce Development by on January 17, 2013 0 Comments
The Global Face of Labor

In August, Russia will host leaders from the 20 largest economies in the world – the G20 – for the 2013 G20 Summit. Although the event is several months away, there is much to be done before it can occur. And the Department of Labor has an important role to play. The economic crisis of […]

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“Because”: Tapping the Power of Influence and Expectation

Filed in Disabilities, DOL, Education, Workforce Development by on January 16, 2013 1 Comment

In life and in the workplace, success does not always come easily. If you ask any accomplished adult how they got where they are today, he or she will likely credit hard work, tenacity and even luck. But most will also acknowledge other people — individuals who encouraged and inspired them to set and achieve […]

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Job Corps: Like Us on Facebook

Job Corps: Like Us on Facebook

Recently, the Office of Job Corps launched its Facebook page, marking the program’s first official steps into the world of social media.  We’re excited about joining this space and here’s why: Content.  We have a lot of it.  There are 125 Job Corps centers across the nation, and each one has powerful stories about self-improvement, […]

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Disability Mentoring Day: Pay it Forward

Filed in Disabilities, Education, Jobs, Workforce Investment by on October 17, 2012 0 Comments
Disability Mentoring Day: Pay it Forward

In order to effectively prepare to enter the workforce, young people with disabilities—like all young people—must have the opportunity to explore their employment potential through firsthand experience and trusted relationships with older, more experienced workers. I know this because I was once one of those young people. And I wouldn’t be where I am today […]

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Awareness Raising Works

Filed in Child Labor, DOL by on September 20, 2012 0 Comments
Awareness Raising Works

Educating parents and communities can help protect children from the worst forms of child labor – work that threatens their health, thwarts their education and limits their futures. This tale of three villages in Benin, a country in West Africa, shows how effective raising awareness can be. All three villages are poor, and in all […]

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