Young people struggle to find their first summer or part-time job because employers say they lack critical “people” skills. Therefore, employers pick more seasoned workers versus giving them a chance to prove themselves. Without these job opportunities, they are at an increased risk for a host of negative outcomes including: long spells of unemployment, poverty, criminal behavior, substance abuse and incarceration.
Our goal is to shape tomorrow’s workforce today. To help young people gain skills through hands-on employment opportunities to develop the skills necessary for future career success.
Based on data from CareerSource Broward, our youth unemployment rate remains consistently higher than other age groups. Employers report that young people are deficient in: problem solving, critical thinking, dependability, oral and written communications and professionalism/work ethic.
Seven Broward nonprofits awarded grants to help create hands-on employment opportunities for youth that will help them develop workforce skills and lead to future career success.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., -- (Oct. 18, 2018) – The Community Foundation of Broward has announced a combination of $293,080 in Youth Work grants aimed at helping 226 Broward youth build workforce skills that will lead to future career success.
The grants to seven Broward nonprofits are aimed at helping a large number of young people avoid getting stuck in lower wage jobs that may require them to seek public assistance. Higher youth employment rates are also tied to lower rates of incarceration and drug use. An additional benefit is that more of Broward’s “Best and Brightest” will remain in our community to take advantage of new opportunities.
The grants have been awarded to:
“Grants for Youth Work programs aim to change the employment trajectory of hundreds of young people by giving them practical hands-on work experiences,” said Linda Carter, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Broward. “Our ultimate goal is for 1,000 youth to annually learn employment skills that help ensure future career success. It will take local philanthropists to step up and boldly lead the way to make this goal a reality.”