Outreach to School addresses a strategy for delivering effective education planning, career counseling and labor market information to the region’s youth and families. The Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council staff work with students in local schools to assist with career awareness, career exploration, career preparation, and career placement.
By providing this access, students are able to discuss with career specialists the development of an employment and training plan related to their intended career path, receive assistance with testing preparation, college and job applications and financial aid assistance. Outreach to Schools services encourages youth to pursue education leading to high pay high demand, or sustainable careers focusing on career pathways, and provides greater access to services than most schools alone can provide.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides out-of-school youth between the ages of 16 and 24 and in-school youth between the ages of 14 and 21 with year-round employment and training services. Under this law passed in 2014, WIOA youth services emphasize services to out-of-school and disconnected youth, high school dropout recovery and attainment of recognized postsecondary credentials.
The Minnesota Youth Program (MYP) serves low-income and at-risk youth ages 14 to 24 who lack academic and “applied skills” considered critical for current and future workplace needs. MYP benefits youth by providing immediate earnings from structured, well-supervised work experiences; Work readiness and life skills to foster good work habits and self-sufficiency; Career pathways to in-demand occupations; Opportunities to earn academic or service learning credit; Increased self-esteem, as well as citizenship, parenting and leadership skills.
Youth at Work offers comprehensive training to young adults ages 16-24, who are under-represented in the CareerForce, economically disadvantaged, and/or have at least one at-risk characteristic. Youth at Work services benefit youth through work based learning, career pathways, and skill acquisition.
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The YST@DLI program develops partnerships between schools and employers at a local level, to provide students with classroom instruction, safety training and work based learning opportunities in industries such as advanced manufacturing, agriculture, automotive, health care and information technology.