A Whole Person Approach to Youth and Young Adult Employment Services
12:00-2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. CT / 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. MT / 9:00-11:00 a.m. PT / 8:00-10:00 a.m. AKT / 7:00-9:00 a.m. HT (view your time zone)
Assisting a young person in securing employment extends far beyond resume writing, job searches, and interview preparation, especially when the young person is navigating mental health challenges. As providers, it’s often easy to develop priorities for young people based on what we think is best for their lives. However, disengagement (physically and emotionally) occurs when the young person does not share our priorities, which can be highly frustrating for the young person, their support system, the supporting staff members, and the employer.
Where do we go from here? A successful employment process requires authentic long-term professional relationships. It also requires an in-depth understanding of a young person’s past and how it impacts their present, in addition to understanding their triggers, fears, dreams, and goals. Effective communication and culturally engaging, age-specific youth and young adult-led processes, procedures, and tools are critical to sustainable success. Join us to learn more and create your plan of action!
- Increase their understanding of how mental health and traumas impact employment readiness and employment sustainability.
- Identify practices that may be promoting YYA employment disengagement outcomes within their organizations and programs.
- Learn about the employment readiness tools and programs implemented by the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council for young people who are justice-involved and navigating mental health challenges.
- Identify strategies and a plan of action to enhance YYA employment success in their local communities through interactive peer conversations and role-play activities.
Employment staff who serve youth and young adults who are living with mental health challenges
MEET THE PRESENTER
Kendra Moore possesses an education in criminal justice, and is furthering her education in law, government, and public policy. Her work history includes workforce development and reentry, serving the justice-involved youth. She continues her work in the community by advocating for youth in multiple committees with a focus on reducing recidivism, poverty reduction, and bringing mental health awareness to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities.
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