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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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