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Help wanted

  1. 1. LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD OF YOUTH EMPLOY- MENT
  2. 2.  In Saint Louis, it is extremely difficult for teenagers to find employment without connections, important resources, and the right motivation  Also, employers are less likely to take a chance on younger employees, even though they have the potential to be an asset to businesses WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
  3. 3. Consider the many benefits of youth employment… WHY DO WE CARE IMMEDIATE IMPACT Working a job over the summer months student vastly diminishes the chances of dropping out of school, using drugs, or committing crime. COMMUNITY IMPACT Businesses gain talented, motivated workers by hiring younger employees. LASTING IMPACT Employment provides teenagers with self confidence, real world experience, and valuable connections, preparing them for a bright future.
  4. 4. Help Wanted provides high school teenagers with the opportunity to work a summer job in the Saint Louis Area. WHAT DO WE DO?
  5. 5. Our program consists of three essential phases: HOW DO WE DO IT? Recruit Teach Empower
  6. 6. Help Wanted will go to Saint Louis City High schools and raise awareness of the program through speeches, posters, faculty, and information sessions. We will then encourage 11th and 12th graders interested in the program to apply who meet a GPA requirement and secure teacher recommendations. Finally, we select the best 10 applicants from each school to participate in the program. RECRUIT Recruit Teach Empower
  7. 7. Students will attend a two-week, 20 hour training course at their high schools that will target the following areas: TEACH Recruit Teach Empower Drug Testing Resume Building Background Check Targeted Employment
  8. 8.  Graduates of the training program will be assigned to an employer.  Graduates will work full time at their employer for two months.  We will check in with each student and each employer regularly to prevent problems from occurring. EMPOWER Recruit Teach Empower
  9. 9. Yes, but not in Saint Louis. HAS IT BEEN DONE BEFORE? • A Los Angeles program designed to help students build skills for a successful career. Youthsource • Combines the power of government, local organizations and businesses to offer youth summer jobs. One Summer Chicago • San Francisco program helping youth secure paid internships in city government offices. SF Youth Works
  10. 10. WHY WILL BUSINESSES AGREE TO THIS? • No longer have to screen, drug- test, and background check incoming employees. Hire Better Employees • Business are able to advertise that they are helping the overall community. Improve Image
  11. 11.  We networked some local businesses. Here’s who verbally agreed to participate in this program given it did exist. WHAT KINDS OF BUSINESSES? Ted Drewes Waterway Carwash Six Flags
  12. 12. Our costs are as follows: COSTS
  13. 13. Yes, here’s how. CHARGING BUSINESSES  We charge the business 10-30% of the students paycheck per week.  We also charge a “head hunting” fee. EXPANSION  Over the 5-year period, our organization will gain both students and credibility. PROSPECT OF DONATIONS  While we have not included donations and government grants as a source of revenue in our finances, similar organizations operate solely on this form of income. IS IT SUSTAINABLE?
  14. 14. STL YOUTH JOBS Similar organization that helps at risk youth in the St. Louis area find jobs. WHY WE ARE BETTER We target youth through high schools which makes our services more accessible to students. We are making an effort sustainable while SLYJ relies solely on donations and government grants. WHO IS OUR COMPETITION?
  15. 15. IT IS TIME THAT WE STOP VIEWING OUR YOUTH AS A LIABILITY AND START EMPOWERING THEM TO BE AN ASSET TO OUR COMMUNITY. FINAL WORD

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