We believe that ensuring our workforce stays strong for years to come begins with a solid foundation at a young age. Learn about the youth programs we support to help that aspiration become a reality.
METRO NORTH YOUTH INITIATIVES
The MassHire Metro North Workforce Board places a high priority on helping to ensure that local youth are well prepared with the skills, knowledge and experience to enter into and thrive in the local workforce. The Board’s youth focused efforts currently include:
Metro North Youth Committee:
The Metro North Youth Committee is tasked with the oversight and monitoring of the Board’s current youth programming. Comprised of Board Members and local employers, the committee also serves as a catalyst to convene public and private leaders from the region to inform local youth workforce policy and to establish priorities for current and future youth programming.
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Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
This summer Groundworks Somerville hired a cohort of Green Team Members for expansive leadership development, soft skills training and environmental justice advocacy engagement. The youth were challenged to step outside their comfort zone and display their best leadership skills. Sabia Miahjee enhanced her leadership skills through her active participation in the Signal Success curriculum and directly applying it in her role at Groundworks Somerville. Read More HERE.
In July and August, participants in Malden’s Summer Youth Employment Program – funded in part by the state through a YouthWorks grant – had the time of their lives working on the City’s “Parkumentary” social media project. Fourteen and 15-year-olds had the rare opportunity to work in paid positions filming, documenting, and reporting on 17 of the City’s more than 50 parks. As well, the social media project team created a documentary of other participants throughout the entire City’s Summer Youth Employment Program on their experiences in the program. Read More HERE.
This summer Yanka was hired to be a Teaching Artist at Cambridge Community Television, which was a huge professional step. Although she held the same title last summer, this year she advocated for greater responsibility and sought a more challenging, involved role on staff. In response to this and out of full respect for her abilities and character, I assigned her the role of co-coordinator of a Virtual Reality module we offered teens this year. Read More HERE.