Learning Session 1-4 Empowering Young People Through Social Enterprise
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This workshop will focus on empowering young people to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. Jennifer Stewart, Deputy Director of More than Words (MTW) will discuss her ...

This workshop will focus on empowering young people to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. Jennifer Stewart, Deputy Director of More than Words (MTW) will discuss her organization’s approach to offering young people who are in foster care, court involved, homeless, or out of school, the services they need to achieve outcomes in employment, education and self-efficacy as they prepare for adulthood. Jennifer will provide an overview of the program operations from enrollment through participation, to post–program support. The workshop will explore how MTW‘s program activities are organized to integrate business skills acquisition and personal development while building in accountability and high expectations for progressive achievement during and after enrollment.

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    Learning Session 1-4 Empowering Young People Through Social Enterprise Learning Session 1-4 Empowering Young People Through Social Enterprise Presentation Transcript

    • Empowering youth to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business YOUTH TRAINING
    • Some Questions To Consider…
        • What do young people need to make safe, smart choices that prevent court-involvement?
        • What do young people need to achieve outcomes in employment, education and self-efficacy as they prepare for adulthood?
        • Why are the outcomes so grim for youth who age out of DCF and DYS custody?
    • ________ # of teens who drop out of school in America ________ % of people in prison who were once in foster care ________ % of youth in foster care who obtain a college degree ________ % of MA foster youth under/unemployed when aging out ________ % of youth leaving state custody without a GED/diploma ________ US annual spending to keep youth in locked facilities The Real Deal < 3 75 > 60 > $1 Billion 80 > 6 Million
    • A Real-World Model YOUTH Application Process YOUTH at MTW 6-12mos; over 25 hrs/ wk BUSINESS JOB YOU JOB EMPOWERING ENTREPRENEURIAL COMMUNITY Re-engagement SERVICES ALUMNI employment education
      • Foster care
      • Court-involved
      • Homeless
      • Out of school
      VETERANS SELF EFFICACY Transition Services
    • The Business Job
        • Customer service
        • Marketing
        • Open mic and author events
        • Book knowledge & skills
        • Barista skills
        • Business Skills
        • Customer service
        • Inventory management & sales
        • Technology; database
        • International shipping
      STORE CAFE ONLINE BUSINESS DEV.
        • Salesforce.com
        • Networking & presentations
        • Email and phone
        • Book pickups
    • The “YOU” Job
      • Case management
      • ID, Bank acct,
      • Housing, health insurance
      • Advocacy and legal
      Life Essentials Exposure Education
      • Education coaching/tutoring
      • College prep
      • College site visits/sit-in on classes
      • Coordination with schools
      • Site visits and shadow days every month
      • Businesses, trade schools and college connections
      • Workshops and trainings
      Transition Support
      • Goal and transition planning
      • Veteran & Alumni Services for 2 additional years
      • Job coaching & case management
    • High Expectations and Accountability
    • What, exactly, are we trying to accomplish? Education
      • Progress through MTW: goal setting, effort investment, overcoming barriers
      • Securing life essentials: housing, health, legal
      • Survey instrument: Locus of control/self-efficacy
      Question Zero? Self-efficacy Employment
      • Active Education plan: Passing & >90% attendance
      • Attainment of GED or HS Diploma
      • 2 years of college or certificate
      • Job readiness, attendance & punctuality & skill acquisition at MTW
      • Post MTW employment; stability & quality of job
      “ My first priority is to graduate High School. The plans that I have been working on in my YOU job are: getting my college applications in, creating a budget, getting a bank account, and looking at more colleges.”
    • Youth REGULATE & EVALUATE Performance Youth-Driven Evaluation Systems
    • OUR IMPACT Smarter, Safer Choices GED or Diploma Productivity Court Involvement 80% of inmates were once in the foster care system 75% of youth aging out of foster care in MA are either under or unemployed Less than 35% of youth in foster care have GED or diploma at 18 years Beating the Odds Intake Before MTW Exit from MTW Core Program 24 Months Out
    • Join Our Movement- Spread the Word! Donate Books,CDs,DVDs Shop
      • Clear off your shelves!
      • Coordinate a book drive in your community or office!
      • Spread the word to others!
      • Buy books and sip lattes!
      • Come to an open mic event!
      • Bring your friends!
      Refer Youth
      • Cost-effective outcomes
      • Strong collaborative partner
    • Empowering youth to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business