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Title: Todays Youth Tomorrows Workforce

Todays YouthTomorrows Workforce
  • Burlington County Youth Opportunity Program

The Workforce Investment Board
  • The Workforce Investment Board (WIB) sets the
    policy and provides oversight for the Countys
    Workforce Development System, mandated by the
    State and Federal Government, to address the
    needs of youth.
  • The WIB is a partnership of local education,
    community-based organizations and business
    leaders working together to ensure the workforce
    readiness of today and tomorrows workforce
  • The Workforce Investment Board created the Youth
    Council to identify duplication and gaps in
    services, as well as providing valuable guidance
    on the provision of comprehensive services to
    meet the needs of complex youth.

The Youth Opportunity Program
  • Members of the Youth Council were given the
    challenge of designing a program that would
    provide youth with the necessary skills in
    becoming prepared for both academic and
    employment success.
  • The Youth Opportunity Program was created using a
    collaborative partnership model, so that all
    youth entering the program would have the
    opportunity to receive a multitude of services
    preparing them for lifelong success.

A Common Mission
  • The Youth Opportunity Programs Mission is to
    provide youth with the opportunity for
    leadership, encourage a sense of personal
    identity, broaden a young persons perspective
    and provide safe surroundings while connecting
    youth with caring adults.

A Common Vision
  • The Youth Opportunity Programs Vision
  • Improve the long-term employability of youth
  • Enhance educational skills
  • Enhance citizenship skills of youth in a
    community service environment
  • Encourage school completion or enrollment in an
    alternative setting
  • Increase the employment and earnings of youth
  • Reduce welfare dependency and
  • Assist youth in addressing problems which may
    impair their ability to make successful
    transitions from education to work.

Services Offered Through the YOP
  • Tutoring, Study Skills Training and Basic Skills
    Instruction leading to the completion of
    Secondary Education, including dropout
  • Alternative Secondary School services or GED
  • Summer Work Experience directly linked to
    academic and occupational learning (i.e. Youth
    Job Fair)
  • Paid and/or Unpaid Work Experience, including
    internships and job shadowing
  • Occupational Skills Training (i.e. Job Search,
    Resume Preparation, Job Referral services, etc)
  • Leadership Development Activities, which may
    include community service and peer-centered
    activities encouraging responsibility and other
    positive social behaviors
  • Mentoring by a caring adult
  • Comprehensive guidance and counseling, which may
    include drug and alcohol abuse counseling
  • Support services, such as transportation and
    child care and
  • Follow-up services for a minimum of at least
    twelve (12) months after completion of the

Workshops and Seminars
  • Job Readiness/Life Skills Workshop
  • Budget Your Money Seminar
  • Handheld PALM Seminar
  • Financial Aid Workshop
  • Income Tax Assistance Workshop
  • First Aide Certification
  • CPR Certification
  • Swimming Instructions
  • Pet First Aide
  • Community Service Projects
  • Extra Curricular Activities

Workshops and Seminars Job
Readiness / Life Skills
  • Job Readiness / Life Skills Seminars are taught
    by the Youth Development Specialist, once per
    week for nine (9) weeks.
  • Job Readiness involves job preparation, career
    pathways, resume writing, interviewing skills,
    job shadowing, on the job training and job
  • Life Skills incorporates the importance of
    motivation, ethics, stress, conflict resolution,
    time management, team-work and dressing for

Workshops and Seminars Budget
Your Money Seminar
  • Those that attend Budget Your Money Seminar have
    already secured full-time or part-time
  • Youth learn how to become financially secure
    through basic money management, investment,
    budgeting funds properly with a checking/savings
    account and how to maintain a checkbook.
  • Upon seminar completion a savings account is
    opened for each youth.
  • Youth deposit their weekly/monthly earnings into
    their account that is monitored by the Youth
    Opportunity Program until completion of the

Workshops and Seminars Handheld
Palm Pilot
  • Led by volunteers with the Burlington County
    Board of Social Services, youth who attend the
    Palm Seminar are actively seeking employment.
  • The Youth Opportunity Program believes that
    excellent organizational skills are necessary for
    life-long success.
  • Using the PALM M130, youth will stay more focused
    and on track to succeed in academics and
  • In the Palm Seminar, youth learn the importance
    of keeping key addresses, how to write effective
    memos and how to make and remember appointments.
  • The Youth Opportunity Program began the Palm
    program after receiving feedback from employers
    who believe that proper organization is crucial
    for job retention.
  • ALL youth receive a PALM M130 for their

Workshops and Seminars Financial
  • The Financial Aid Seminar is for older youth
    entering post-secondary education, but family
    does not have financial stability.
  • Guided by Youth Opportunity Program partner,
    Burlington County Board of Social Services and
    Burlington County College, youth are instructed
    on how to obtain financial aid.

Workshops and Seminars Career
  • Career Exploration Workshops, such as CPR
    Certification, Swim Lessons and Community First
    Aid and Safety are necessary preparations for
    youth interested in a career in Aquatics or the
    Medical field.
  • Pet First Aid Workshops are typically held for
    youth focused on a career in Veterinary Medicine.
  • How to Dress for Success and How Much is too Much
    (proper make-up application) are essential for
    all youth active in Job Search.

Workshops and Seminars Winter and Spring Break
  • The ASPIRE Leadership Seminar, lead by ASPIRE
    founder Curtis Myers, provides youth with
    leadership and interpersonal skills that educate
    youth on teamwork and reaching personal
  • ASPIREs model on How to Foster a Sense of Self
    assists youth through self assessment, reflection
    and problem solving essential in youth
  • All activities and curriculum are directed to
    promote cultural and ethnic awareness. ASPIRE
    utilizes the elements of the Points of Light
    Youth Leadership Institute (PLYI) curriculum,
    which features interactive learning and role play
  • Through self-directed learning youth engage in
    activities, showcase their work/skills learned,
    while gaining valuable experience for college,
    employment community involvement and everyday

Workshops and Seminars Winter and Spring Break
  • The Dress for Success Workshop offered through
    MCM Consulting, instructs youth on the How Tos
    of proper attire.
  • Style Classifications, International Sizes and
    Physical Body Types are discussed so that youth
    understand, adopt and maintain an expected
    professional image in order to be successful in
    their career.
  • For the male youth, a lesson on How to Tie a Tie
    101 is given on the four (4) different ways to
    tie a tie. The females are given a tutorial on
    how to and how much make-up to apply.

Community Service Projects
  • The Youth Opportunity Program believes that
    community service projects are a way to give
    back while assisting youth foster a sense of
  • Projects include
  • -Winter Gift Bags for Elderly Patients at
    Buttonwood Hospital.
  • -Bingo Day for the residents of Alterra
    Sterling House of Willingboro.
  • Community Service Projects help youth become
    valued resources and not just a collection of

Extra Curricular Activities
  • In the Summer of 2001, the Youth Opportunity
    Program (YOP) held a Logo Design Contest.
  • The purpose was to have the youth involved in a
    project that would ultimately brand the
  • The winning YOP logo was designed by one of our
    disabled students.

Field Trips
  • In 2002, 35 youth took a cultural trip to the
    Battleship New Jersey, where youth learned about
    the Ships history.
  • Youth participated in an etiquette challenge as
    they dined at the PUB in Maple Shade.
  • Other educational trips include, the County
    Animal Shelter, Buttonwood Hospital, Burlington
    County College and the County Court House.

Job Shadowing
  • On Job Shadow Day, youth are given the
    opportunity to follow an employee within a
    place of business that interests them, such as
    Animal Hospitals, the FBI, Cosmetology and
    Jewelry Centers, Salons and Computer Formatting
    and Repair to name a few.
  • Youth have job shadowed at Olde World Bakery and
    at ACME Markets Bakery.
  • Youth were afforded the opportunity to work
    hands-on with bakers and are now attending
    classes in the Culinary Arts.

Youth Summit
  • The Annual Youth Summit is an educational forum
    for teens between 13 and 17 years old.
  • The Summit provides awareness and instruction on
    HIV/AIDS Awareness/At-Risk Behaviors, Alcohol and
    Tobacco, Teen Violence (gangs), Unplanned
    Parenthood/Risks and Responsibilities, as well as
    issues of morality and responsibility.
  • The Master of Ceremonies for 2005s
    Be Anyone, Be Anywhere, Be a Survivor was Gervase
    Peterson from the first season of Survivor.

Youth Job Fair
  • The Youth Job Fair is open to all youth in
    Burlington County, 16 years and older.
  • Approximately 25 employers, including Shop Rite,
    Wal-Mart, Target, McDonalds and CVS/Pharmacy, etc
    are ready to hire motivated youth.
  • Each year, over 350 youth attend the Job Fair.
  • Several youth, hired as a direct result of the
    Job Fair are currently employed with the same

Summer Work Experience Program
  • The Summer Work Experience Program is typically
    for youth 14 to 15 years old that have
    significant barriers to securing employment, such
    as learning disabilities or other mental health
  • In order for youth who wish to participate in the
    Work Experience Program, youth MUST attend the
    nine (9) week Job Readiness/ Life Skills Classes.
  • All Youth complete applications and participate
    in interviews with prospective employers.

Youth Graduates
  • Since 2001, over 800 youth have successfully
    completed the Youth Opportunity Program.
  • Celebrations are held for youth who
    successfully earn High School Diploma/GED or
    complete Occupational Training, such as Certified
    Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Commercial Drivers
    License (CDL).
  • Most youth enter College, the Military or
    Occupational Training upon completion of High

Eligibility Requirements
  • Youth must be between 14 and 21 years of age,
    Certified as economically disadvantaged with at
    least one or more of the following obstacles in
    order to be eligible for the program
  • -High School Dropout
  • -Homeless, Runaway, Foster Youth (DYFS)
  • -Pregnant or Parenting Teen
  • -Involved with the Juvenile Justice System or
  • -Needing assistance to complete an
    educational program or to secure
    employment due to a severe disability.

Youth Certification
  • The Youth Development Specialist with the Youth
    Opportunity Program determines economic
    eligibility of youth through parent/guardians
    income (household income/pay stub).
  • Parents are required to verify residency (utility
  • Parent/Guardians are required to provide the
    One-Stop with their childs Birth
    Certificate and Social Security Card.
  • If youth are in a group home or in foster care, a
    Letter of Support from the programs director
    will be sufficient.

Our Commitment
The Burlington County Youth Opportunity Program
is committed to prepare of todays youth for
tomorrows success. With the provision of the
skills necessary to become prepared for academic
and employment success, youth will ultimately be
rewarded with the careers they want for a
successful life.
Important Contacts
  • Youth Opportunity Program
  • Liliam Thompson
  • (609) 518-0149
  • Or Barbara Weir
  • (609) 265-5603
  • Office Address 795 Woodlane Road
  • Mt. Holly, NJ
  • Mailing Address P.O. Box 228
  • Mt. Holly, NJ

Assuring a Bright Future for Todays Youth