Youth Centric Career Center - Long Beach, CA USA

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Youth Centric Career Center - Long Beach, CA USA

  1. 1. Creating a Youth-Centric Career Center Workforce Development Policy in Long Beach, California USA Bryan Rogers, Executive Director www.PacificGatewayWorkforce.com
  2. 2. Why Workforce Development
  3. 3. Workforce Policy Approach <ul><li>Industry Sector Focus </li></ul><ul><li>Demand-Driven </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible and Dynamic </li></ul><ul><li>Co-Investment: Public-Private </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple Audiences; Multiple Strategies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adults, Youth, Business </li></ul></ul>Employment Services • Youth Development • Business Solutions
  4. 4. Youth Development System <ul><li>Public Funding Base – Federal, State </li></ul><ul><li>Local Delivery System </li></ul><ul><li>Leveraged Investments with Others </li></ul><ul><li>Mix of Interventions and Industry Solutions Balancing a “Supply/Demand Equation” </li></ul><ul><li>Youth Opportunity Center at Center </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Conditions <ul><li>More than 1/3 of Residents Aged < 24 </li></ul><ul><li>20% of Youth, 16–24 “Idle” </li></ul><ul><li>High School Dropout Rates Estimated at 20% </li></ul><ul><li>Youth Unemployment Rates Estimated at More than 25% for 16-19 yos </li></ul><ul><li>Disconnect of Changing Industries to Skills </li></ul>
  6. 6. Reinventing Youth Services <ul><li>Challenging Conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of Dedicated Building Space </li></ul><ul><li>Youth Unemployment Edging Upward </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge of Doing the “Basics” or More </li></ul><ul><li>Need for Bold Strategies around Career Pathways </li></ul> Numerous Ideas Presented
  7. 7. A Voice at the Table <ul><li>Additional Representation of Students on Appointed Youth Council Body </li></ul><ul><li>New Energy and Opinions in Meetings and Problem-Solving Discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Invigorated Planning and Implementation Processes </li></ul>
  8. 8. Relevant Messaging <ul><li>Youth Cohort: Youth-Centered Campaign </li></ul><ul><li>Outcome of Simply Crafted Messages that Resonate with Youth </li></ul><ul><li>Billboards, Bus Shelters, Postcards, Web Site, featured the Youth </li></ul>Get Educated • Get Experienced • Get Employed
  9. 9. Creating a Physical Space <ul><li>Re-Design of Youth Opportunity Center </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to Engage Youth in Creation </li></ul><ul><li>Local High School Interior Design Students Took on as Project </li></ul><ul><li>Five Design Teams + + Architect Pitched </li></ul><ul><li>Chosen Design Used Incorporated All </li></ul>
  10. 10. Creating a Better Space <ul><li>Opportunity to Upgrade the Vibe for Youth </li></ul><ul><li>Decision to Hire Young Adults as Resource Assistants for the Young Customers </li></ul><ul><li>Allow Young People Entering the Center to to Relate and Connect to the Space </li></ul>
  11. 11. Understanding Career Pathways <ul><li>Allow Youth to Share with Peers </li></ul><ul><li>Show Logical Connection of Education, Experience and Employment </li></ul><ul><li>Translate Labor Market Data into Engaging Info </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership with Social Enterprise </li></ul>
  12. 12. Understanding Pathways
  13. 13. Ensuring A Relevant Product <ul><li>Adoption of Work Readiness Credential </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitated Training; Proctored Testing </li></ul><ul><li>Measures 4 Areas of Competence </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance of Entrants to Employer </li></ul>
  14. 14. Ensuring A Relevant Product <ul><li>Road Trip Nation Partnership </li></ul><ul><li>Complemented by Dynamic Career Exploration </li></ul><ul><li>Connect with Industry Leaders to Job Shadow, Discover Possibilities </li></ul><ul><li>45 Hours Minimum Between Two Components </li></ul>
  15. 15. Maximizing Technology in Services www.HireLB.com <ul><li>Web-Based </li></ul><ul><li>Service Registration </li></ul><ul><li>Labor Exchange </li></ul><ul><li>Customer Tracking </li></ul>
  16. 16. 2010 Service Levels/Outcomes <ul><li>1,300: Youth Training Positions/Business Internships </li></ul><ul><li>465: Intensive Academic Interventions through Career Academies, Green Jobs Corps (including returns to High School/GED) </li></ul><ul><li>450: Work Readiness/Exploration & Credentials </li></ul><ul><li>325: Placed in Permanent (Unsubsidized) Jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Placement, Retention, Education Goals Exceeded </li></ul><ul><li>Gold Winner – National League of Cities Award, Municipal Excellence </li></ul>
  17. 17. For More Information Bryan Rogers, Executive Director [email_address] www.HireAYouth.com www.RoadTripNation.com

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