All young people need opportunities to achieve economic success and independence. Getting a job, keeping a job, and earning a living wage are all important keys to success. Early and consistent work experience, employment training, and job placement programs are all helpful ways to prepare for the workplace of today.
The Maine Youth Transition Collaborative offers several ways older youth in foster care can prepare for the world of work:
- Every year youth in southern Maine can participate in Work Readiness Training delivered through a partnership among Goodwill Industries, Maine’s Vocational-Rehabilitation services, and DHHS’ Office of Child and Family Services
- Young people in foster care can receive help in getting and keeping a summer job. Some youth have gone on to be hired permanently past the summer!
- Youth can receive special help from workplace mentors in select workplaces. Many employers have stepped forward to work with youth individually, helping them adjust to and succeed in the workplace.
MYTC also works with partners to offer job shadowing opportunities that can also help young people explore their interests about sectors and workplaces.
If you are interested in learning more about work readiness training, help in finding and keeping a job, or job shadowing in a particular industry or workplace, please contact:Jaime Grover of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England 207-370-3910 Jaime.firstname.lastname@example.org