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Engaging Employers for YouthBuild Opportunity Youth. Presenters: Meia Johnson, DOL Program Director & Executive Director: Rossie Johnson Antelope Valley YouthBuild. Engaging Employers: Overview. Antelope Valley YouthBuild (AVYB) uses a range of strategies for engaging employers:

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Engaging employers for youthbuild opportunity youth

Engaging Employers for YouthBuild Opportunity Youth


Meia Johnson,

DOL Program Director


Executive Director:

Rossie Johnson

Antelope Valley YouthBuild

Engaging employers overview
Engaging Employers: Overview

Antelope Valley YouthBuild (AVYB) uses a range of strategies for engaging employers:

  • AVYB staff play an integral role in employer partnerships

  • Partner with local cities & working on affordable housing projects provides an opportunity to demonstrate work ethic

  • Introductory meetings with employers and campus tours to showcase young people in action

  • Establish a sector-based focus to create viable career paths

  • Encourage YB alum, board and committees to involve employers deeply in AVYB’s work

Staff role engaging employers
Staff Role: Engaging Employers

Staff are involved with young people in varying ways, each having unique experiences to share.

  • All staff are responsible for placing students

  • Staff must be familiar with ALL aspects of the program

  • Staff are encouraged to talk with community partners and stakeholders about program

    • Staff can discuss the program in short 30-sec sound-bites

    • Staff highlight the skills and challenges of AVYB program participants

  • Staff assist students with placement goals

Showcase your program engaging employers
Showcase Your Program: Engaging Employers

  • Introductory meetings with key

  • HR representatives. Then, invite employers to YB

  • Campus to show the young people in action

  • Schedule introductory meetings w/employers emee

  • Provide colorful materials with lots of action

  • oriented photographs

  • Invite employers to visit your YB campus during a time with lots of activity, Policy Committee leads campus tour or have YB participants highlight key aspects of your program

  • Wrap-up with a Q&A meeting

  • The Ask – How many jobs can we count on you for?

Public partnerships engaging employers
Public Partnerships: Engaging Employers

  • Partnership with local cities on community service & construction projects allows participants to demonstrate work ethic

  • Arrange an introductory meeting with city officials

    • Familiarize yourself with City projects and special initiatives

    • Identify key representatives from community & workforce development

    • Discuss partnership opportunities & bring materials about YB program

    • Bring an alumni member to talk about your program

    • Ask about workforce development programs/openings/internships

  • Program participants with community service

  • & affordable housing construction projects

  • Offer to hold career fair at a city venue

  • Prep YB applicants to apply for City jobs

Sector based partnerships engaging employers
Sector-Based Partnerships: Engaging Employers

  • Sector-based partnerships emphasize the importance of creating viable career paths

  • YB opportunity youth have a shot at competing for good jobs

  • Employers see YB applicants as experienced candidates

  • Identify local employers based on your YB program does workforce development

  • Set up introductory meetings. Highlight your programs’ training methods, certifications and hands-on activities

  • Prep YB applicants for applying for sector jobs

    • Update resumes to reflect skills based on sector jobs

    • Familiarize yourself with job requirements

    • Assist with job applications

    • Mock Interviews

  • Follow-Up with the employers regarding YB applicant status

Alumni board members as spokespersons engaging employers
Alumni & Board Members as Spokespersons: Engaging Employers

  • Work with YB alum and board members to network with potential employers

  • Encourage YB program alum to network with employers

  • Equip alum with 30-second sound-bites and brochures

  • Ask board members about their corporate contacts

  • Ask board members to be references

  • Familiarize yourself with key networks

  • Offer to conduct presentations at meetings

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Presenter Contact Information