The  OCFS Youth Portfolio Helping Young People Prepare  for  Their Future….Today!
Why a Portfolio? <ul><li>Encourages Young People to Include Work In Their Plans </li></ul><ul><li>Marries Education and Em...
What Employers Expect <ul><li>2006 National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) survey revealed that “good grades...
What Employers Want <ul><li>Communication Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Teamwork Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Strong Work Ethic </l...
PORTFOLIO <ul><li>A tool that can be used at a job, education, or training interview. </li></ul><ul><li>Not a scrapbook!  ...
Portfolio Sections: <ul><li>Personal Profile- The 60-Second Infomercial </li></ul><ul><li>Resume/Fact Sheet </li></ul><ul>...
60-Second Infomercial <ul><li>“ Can you tell me a little about yourself?” </li></ul><ul><li>Prepared response marketing sk...
Discovering Skills, Strengths, & Talents <ul><li>Assessments can help a young person identify interests, skills, strengths...
Resume/Fact Sheet <ul><li>If a youth is 16 and over, learning how to create a resume is a great skill.  Fact sheets are of...
My Five-Year Plan <ul><li>Results from assessments help youth explore future careers. </li></ul><ul><li>Career exploration...
Work Essential Documents <ul><li>Young people need the following documents to be “work ready”: </li></ul><ul><li>Working P...
Academic Documents <ul><li>No portfolio would be complete without talking about school performance.  Include: </li></ul><u...
Samples of Work <ul><li>Vocational Training Certificates- First Aid, CPR, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Photos at work or involve...
Awards & Recognition <ul><li>BRAG!   Include: </li></ul><ul><li>Student of the Month Award </li></ul><ul><li>Most Improved...
References <ul><li>Who should you ask to provide a reference? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you ask for a letter of recommendat...
Community Resources <ul><li>Youth must learn about the resources in their community & how to access these resources.  Cont...
“ If we are to prepare our youth to successfully compete, we must do all that we can – not tomorrow, but now.  The OCFS Po...
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OCFS Youth Portfolio- A Tool To Help Youth Market Their Strengths, Skills and Talents.

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Ocfs Youth Portfolio 2008

  1. 1. The OCFS Youth Portfolio Helping Young People Prepare for Their Future….Today!
  2. 2. Why a Portfolio? <ul><li>Encourages Young People to Include Work In Their Plans </li></ul><ul><li>Marries Education and Employment </li></ul><ul><li>Helps Young People to Think Ahead- Realistically </li></ul><ul><li>A Tool That Young People Can Use to Display Their Strengths, Skills, and Talents to Employers </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrates a Level of Preparedness Beyond the Simple Resume </li></ul>
  3. 3. What Employers Expect <ul><li>2006 National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) survey revealed that “good grades” ranked 17 th out of desired qualities in a job candidate. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What Employers Want <ul><li>Communication Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Teamwork Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Strong Work Ethic </li></ul><ul><li>Honesty/Integrity </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility </li></ul>
  5. 5. PORTFOLIO <ul><li>A tool that can be used at a job, education, or training interview. </li></ul><ul><li>Not a scrapbook! Remember who the audience is- tailor a portfolio to meet individual needs. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Portfolio Sections: <ul><li>Personal Profile- The 60-Second Infomercial </li></ul><ul><li>Resume/Fact Sheet </li></ul><ul><li>My Five-Year Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Work Essential Documents </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Documents </li></ul><ul><li>Samples of Work </li></ul><ul><li>Awards and Recognition </li></ul><ul><li>References </li></ul><ul><li>Community Resources </li></ul>
  7. 7. 60-Second Infomercial <ul><li>“ Can you tell me a little about yourself?” </li></ul><ul><li>Prepared response marketing skills, strengths, and talents for an interview or networking opportunities. </li></ul><ul><li>Culminating activity following self-assessment and identification of skills, strengths, and talents. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Discovering Skills, Strengths, & Talents <ul><li>Assessments can help a young person identify interests, skills, strengths, & talents. </li></ul><ul><li>There are a number of free and inexpensive assessments available. </li></ul><ul><li>Assessments can include: Interest Profiler, Work Importance Locator, Multiple Intelligence Assessment, Learning Style Assessment, etc. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Resume/Fact Sheet <ul><li>If a youth is 16 and over, learning how to create a resume is a great skill. Fact sheets are often more appropriate for youth under the age of 16. </li></ul><ul><li>Young people should know the “low down” on internet and scannable resumes. </li></ul>
  10. 10. My Five-Year Plan <ul><li>Results from assessments help youth explore future careers. </li></ul><ul><li>Career exploration can lead to setting short-term and long-term goals. </li></ul><ul><li>Goal setting should include work experience, volunteer experience, & extracurricular activities as a way to practice and master transferable skills. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Work Essential Documents <ul><li>Young people need the following documents to be “work ready”: </li></ul><ul><li>Working Papers </li></ul><ul><li>Birth Certificate </li></ul><ul><li>Social Security Card </li></ul><ul><li>Alien Registration Card </li></ul><ul><li>Drivers Permit or License </li></ul><ul><li>Selective Service Registration </li></ul>
  12. 12. Academic Documents <ul><li>No portfolio would be complete without talking about school performance. Include: </li></ul><ul><li>Report Card </li></ul><ul><li>High School or College Transcripts </li></ul><ul><li>Honor Roll Certificates </li></ul><ul><li>GED </li></ul><ul><li>SAT or PSAT scores </li></ul>
  13. 13. Samples of Work <ul><li>Vocational Training Certificates- First Aid, CPR, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Photos at work or involved in a vocational activity </li></ul><ul><li>Sample of writing </li></ul><ul><li>Excel or PowerPoint Presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Samples of artwork or poetry </li></ul>
  14. 14. Awards & Recognition <ul><li>BRAG! Include: </li></ul><ul><li>Student of the Month Award </li></ul><ul><li>Most Improved Student Award </li></ul><ul><li>Best Team Player Award </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure to know how achieving this award applies to the job! </li></ul>
  15. 15. References <ul><li>Who should you ask to provide a reference? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you ask for a letter of recommendation? </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you have copies of your reference letters for your files and to give to employers. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Community Resources <ul><li>Youth must learn about the resources in their community & how to access these resources. Contact names, numbers, & addresses should be included in this section. Don’t forget about: </li></ul><ul><li>One-Stop Career Centers </li></ul><ul><li>CBOs that offer workforce development programs </li></ul><ul><li>Child care (if needed) </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Private sector employers </li></ul><ul><li>BOCES, Voc High Schools, & Magnet schools, etc. </li></ul>
  17. 17. “ If we are to prepare our youth to successfully compete, we must do all that we can – not tomorrow, but now. The OCFS Portfolio represents a part of this effort.”

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