Employers: Registration Ends Soon for the 2017 Summer Youth Employment Program
There’s still time for your organization to be an employer with Y.O.U.’s Summer Youth Employment Program. Registration closes on April 15th, don’t miss your chance to work with Y.O.U. pre-screened candidates. Summer and Year-round Youth Employment Program provides subsidized jobs and internships to teens and young adults throughout Cuyahoga County. Training provides financial capability and basic job success skills. Support assures a high quality work experience, and connection to a potential full-time job after the experience is complete. Marva Edwards, Summer Youth Employment Program Employer and Job Coach at Fairfax Place, says she’s thrilled to be able to give teens and young adults the opportunity to become the leaders of tomorrow. “They can learn from us. They need all the wisdom we have; they need all they can get from us seniors.” A Y.O.U. summer job may last just a few weeks, but it can have a profound impact on the teens and young adults chosen to participate. Enrollees learn the skills needed to obtain a job and, equally important, retain employment. Participants engage in a valuable opportunity and safe environment to work and learn firsthand about the different jobs that with more education, lead to rewarding careers. Ms. Edwards believes theContinue Reading
Y.O.U. Named Community Impact Award Winner by Dominion East Ohio and Cleveland Magazine
Youth Opportunities Unlimited was featured in Cleveland Magazine as a Dominion Ohio East and Cleveland Magazine Community Impact Award winner. Y.O.U. received $10,000 for its ProPath program, which places 10th – 12th graders with employer/mentors in 4-8 week internships that align with career pathways and allows them to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to a professional work environment. During the 2015-16 academic year, ProPath provided internships for 102 Cuyahoga County teens with 37 different employers. Each year, Dominion East Ohio and Cleveland Magazine recognize nonprofits that have worked to make Northeast Ohio communities better places to live, work, and play. Dominion East Ohio presented $110,000 in grants to 12 winning community organizations in its 22nd annual Community Impact Awards competition, co-sponsored with Cleveland Magazine. Other Community Impact Award winners include the Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation, Summit County Historical Society, and Farmicos CARES (Community Access to Resolution and Expungement Services). "THE RIGHT STEP Youth Opportunities Unlimited's Mission is to help teens and young adults succeed by providing educational workforce opportunities and more. Originally founded in 1982 as a nonprofit providing Cleveland teens with their first paid summer job, Youth Opportunities Unlimited hasContinue Reading
The Young Entrepreneur of the Year will come from E CITY
As the academic year begins to wind down, the E CITY students are preparing their pitches for the E CITY Young Entrepreneur of the Year Competition. The preliminary round, in classrooms around Northeast Ohio begins in April, when entrepreneurs contend for their school’s top spot, and ultimately, the chance to move on to the final NEO-based round of competition. If you’re interested in coaching a youth, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org The finals will be held at Ernst & Young, 950 Main Ave., Cleveland OH 44113 Thursday, May 18th, 2017 and we’d love you to attend. You can watch the three top students from the Northeast Ohio present their business plans and meet the E CITY Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Immediately following, network over delicious appetizers and take in the views of the Ernst & Young building on the Flats East Bank. Founded by Cleveland entrepreneurs and business leaders, E CITY (Entrepreneurship: Connecting, Inspiring, and Teaching Youth) introduces teens to the process of starting a real business. The program is structured on the belief that teens have the mental toughness, street smarts, survival instincts, and creativity to be a successful entrepreneur. When shown how to channel their existing skillset, youth can buildContinue Reading
Registration is Now Open for the 2017 Summer Youth Employment Program
For 35 years, Y.O.U. has helped employ over 150,000 teens and young adults and this summer is no different. Registration for the Summer Youth Employment Program is now open. If you’re an employer, Summer Youth Employment Program can help you fill open, temporary positions. Y.O.U. provides pre-screened candidates and ongoing support. The program is open to ages 14-24. Many teens get their first job through this program. Young adults are prepared to undertake more sophisticated projects. If you are, or know someone age 14-24, encourage them to apply. If you’re an employer, help our youth this summer, and have a lasting impact on their lives. Click here for all the information and the registration form. A Y.O.U. summer job may last just a few weeks, but it can have a profound impact on the teens and young adults chosen to participate. Enrollees learn the skills needed to obtain a job and, equally important, retain employment. Participants engage in a valuable opportunity and safe environment to work and learn firsthand about the different jobs that with more education, lead to rewarding careers. Last summer, Y.O.U. helped secure 2,577 jobs, at 532 work sites, from a total of 191 employers. Once summerContinue Reading
Summer of Success: 2,577 employees at 532 sites!
Although the school year is in full swing, we would like to take a moment to look back on our summer employment successes! 191 employers and 532 worksites offered summer jobs Sixteen youth, or the "16 Strong" as Center Manager Tierra Biggers referred to them, were employed at Collinwood Recreation Center this summer. They had the opportunity to work and attend community events, including Mayor Jackson's Night Out Against Crime and the Collinwood Recreation Summer Splash. The "16 Strong" finished the summer with a "Fun Day", exploring the Flats East Bank and Public Square. Ms. Biggers stated that these youth employees "left an exceptional mark on Collinwood Recreation Center." A huge thanks to passionate employers like Collinwood Recreation Center who invest in our youth and their futures! 2,577 teens and young adults, ages 14-24, were employed Cashalynn Bolden-Johnson worked at Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. this summer. In the future, she plans to study medicine and become a doctor. At the end of her employment, her program coordinator commented that "based upon her professional deameanor, natural 'can-do' attitude, and ability to accomplish tasks with little supervision, there's no doubt that we will be seeing Cashalynn on the campus of Cleveland ClinicContinue Reading
Career Coaches Receive JAG Honors
Youth Opportunities Unlimited is very proud to announce that two of its JOG Career Coaches were recognized at the July 2016 Jobs for America's National Training Seminar, our national affiliate. Shannon Williams, Career Coach at Lincoln West High School, achieved the "5 of 5" High Performance Club State and Regional Recognition. Ms. Williams, who has been coaching since July 2013, surpassed or met ALL of the goals set forth at the national level. Vanessa Ackley was nominated as an Outstanding JAG (Jobs for America's Graduates) Specialist thanks to her hard work and dedication as a Career Coach at Glenville High School. She maintained contact and engagement with 100% of her students due to her commitment and positive influence. Ms. Ackley has been a Career Coach since August 2014. Y.O.U. is extremely proud of and grateful for the dedication of Shannon Williams and Vanessa Ackley to their students, schools and the JOG program and congratulates them for the recognition they so greatly deserve.Continue Reading
2016 E CITY finalists present to crowd at Ernst & Young
E CITY Young Entrepreneur of the Year Kyndra Collins introduces herself to the judges. On May 16, 2016 E CITY students from seven local schools in Cleveland, East Cleveland, and Painesville, competed for title of Y.O.U.'s E CITY Young Entrepreneur of the Year at Ernst & Young. Throughout the day, students showcased their business ideas with PowerPoint presentations and product demonstrations, and answered tough questions from the judges. In the evening, the top six business ideas were presented to a full room of sponsors, volunteers, and business leaders from the community. The exciting event ended as Kyndra Collins, CEO of Motion, was awarded the top honor of Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Both Kyndra and Kaitlynn Boykin, CEO of Snoodle, will compete in the NFTE Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in New York City in October. A special thanks to our judges, Beau Daane from Fairmount Santrol, Marcus Harris from Starbucks, and Erich Holmes from Ernst & Young, as well as our evening's speaker Jeffrey Malbasa, CFO of Spero-Smith Investment Advisors. We would also like to thank our program and event sponsors: Americhem, Burton D. Morgan, Business of Good Foundation, Dollar Bank, Dominion East Ohio, Edwin D. Northrup II Fund, Ernst &Continue Reading
#ALLin216: Cavs victory celebrated at Austin Carr Golf Invitational!
'Mr. Cavalier' and Y.O.U. Lifetime Board Member Austin Carr was unable to be present at the tee off of the Sixth Annual Austin Carr Celebrity Golf Invitational but he had a pretty good excuse. He was flying back with the World Champion Cavs team! Despite having just arrived back in town, Austin came straight from the airport to join us for the afternoon. We are so grateful for Austin Carr's commitment to our organization and the youth we serve. Overall, it was a great day of golf at Beechmont Country Club and a perfect way to celebrate the Cavs' new World Champion status. Celebrities that attended the event included Campy Russell, Kevin Mack, Jason Nicholas, and many more! A big thank you to all of the celebs, corporations, and golfers who supported this fun event!Continue Reading
2,700 Teens Hit The Pavement and Go to their Summer Job
2,700 Teens Hit The Pavement and Go to their Summer Job CLEVELAND, OH - On Monday, approximately 2,700 youth headed to work for the summer. Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) matches teens and young adults, 14-24 throughout Cuyahoga County, to meaningful summer jobs in the private, nonprofit and public sectors. Y.O.U.’s Summer Youth Employment Program strategically tackles idle time, safety and the “summer brain drain” by linking teens primarily from economically depressed neighborhoods to jobs throughout the community. Further, teens are prepared to enter the Northeast Ohio workforce as bright, energetic contributors. Participants work 20-30 hours per week and earn between $8.10 and $10.00 per hour. Program benefits include: Opportunities to explore career options and consider career and educational goals Development of skills needed to obtain and retain employment Career coaching and mentoring Job placement assistance Establishing a savings account “George Voinovich was the Founder of Y.O.U. 34 years ago. He would be so proud of how this program has grown, ” said Carol Rivchun, President and CEO. Youth participants are employed throughout a diverse range of retail and service businesses, agencies, hospitals and medical centers, etc. Examples of worksites include: Faith Community Credit Union, CVS, AES Management Corp, HLWContinue Reading
A successful Youth Career Olympics event!
2016 Youth Career Olympics Student Success On April 28th, 150 students from Youth Opportunity Unlimited’s (Y.O.U.’s) in-school and after-school programs participated in our annual Youth Career Olympics. outh Career Olympics is a 10-event competition that showcases our students job-readiness and job-seeking skills in an exciting competitive environment. Competitions include: Budgeting for Life, Community Service, Corporate Team Challenge, Decision Making, Employment Application Review, Employment Interview, Employment Skills Test, Program Cover Design, Public Speaking and Visual Display. [caption id="attachment_541" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Public Speaking winner Basia Morris-Burton from Primetime at MLK Library presents her winning speech to a packed auditorium at the Victory Celebration.[/caption] Volunteers More than 60 business volunteers from 16 different area companies volunteered their time, treasure and talents to this year’s Youth Career Olympics, including coaches who visited schools and prepared students for the event, judges who evaluated students’ efforts during the competitions, and event volunteers who helped set up the event and register and guide guests. Special thanks to Y.O.U. Board Members Kathy Pierce, Dave Krabill, and Sharon C. Reaves for chairing the event; the Cleveland Clinic for hosting at its beautiful Lyndhurst facility; WKYC News Anchor and Reporter Tiffany Tarpley, for emceeing the Victory Celebration; and Maxie JacksonContinue Reading