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
'Road to NYC': E CITY Winner Prepares for NFTE Competition
Kyndra, left, with her Lincoln West Career Coach Shannon Williams This past May, Kyndra Collins earned the title of E CITY Young Entrepreneur of the Year and will compete in the NFTE 2016 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge. Kyndra is CEO of Motion, selling all-natural body wash with 24-hour moisturizing capabilities. Kyndra, a graduate of Lincoln West High School, is currently a student at University of Akron and continues to build her business despite being busy with college. She faces the ongoing challenge of juggling school with her business, as she now runs everything from her dorm room, marketing her products with flyers, emails, and word-of-mouth around campus. Kyndra credits E CITY and her entrepreneurial journey for making her stronger as a person and for teaching her important life skills. "E CITY helped me in many ways. [The program] gave me startup money and a support system. When I didn't believe in myself, it pushed me forward. I wouldn't have gotten this far without E CITY," Kyndra recently shared. Kyndra is looking forward to the NFTE competition in New York City this October, as it will be her first time to the city and a great opportunity to network and meet new people. She willContinue Reading
Y.O.U. Alum Uses Experiences to Build Bright Future
Toni Airaksinen, an alum of our summer jobs program, is a shining example of the importance of youth employment. Toni grew up in Cleveland's Westside Puritas neighborhood and attended John Hay Early College High School. Despite barriers-- her parents never finished high school, they didn't have a car and her family survived on welfare and food stamps-- Toni's talent and motivation was noticed by a high school biology teacher who recommended she participate in Y.O.U.'s summer employment program in the Frank G. Jackson Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP). Toni participated on the PSEOP Team for two years, earning college credit, a valuable work experience, and an income. The PSEOP Team learns about pollution, water cycles, the greenhouse effect through college coursework, while simultaneously participating in environmental sustainability work and applying their knowledge first hand in specialized projects. Toni returned to the program for another two years as an assistant supervisor. When asked her greatest takeaway from her four years of involvement in the Y.O.U. program, Toni responded, "Y.O.U. gave me that work experience to make me, at the very least, a reasonable candidate for a lot of things that I applied to. So I think that one of the biggest takeawaysContinue 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