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CWA's Annual Youth Employment Conference 2013

The CWA Youth Conference occured on 1/15/2013 until 1/17/2013. The content is from selected sessions on 1/16/2013. The Conference showcased successful strategies, including design and implementation tips, that are making a difference for at risk and opportunity youth-those unconnected to school or work. Unique and productive partnerships and collaborations that are making a difference were also highlighted throughout the Conference.

  1. The Real State of the Workforce for Youth

    Paul Harrington, Director, Center for Labor Markets & Policy
    Drexel University

    Paul Harrington has extensive experience in human resource development and labor market analysis. His interest in labor issues and industrial relations relates back to his experience working in a warehouse as a member of the Teamsters Union at age 15. After studying economics in college, he went into labor market research at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    Paul’s current work includes applied research, teaching and technical consulting with governments, workforce development organizations, business, labor and nonprofits, as well as Drexel’s own Career Development Center. True to his own background, one of his current topics of research is how early work experience shapes career prospects in later life.

  2. @Lenny to Go--- An Experiment in Connecting with Youth

    Erick Serrato, Communications Officer, Pacific Gateway
    Jaime Arias, Communications Associate, Pacific Gateway
    Chris Gallegos, Graphic and Online Associate,
    Pacific Gateway
    Rebecca Vance-Freeland, Youth Employment Coordinator

    Engaging youth presents unique challenges – and opportunities. In Summer 2012, Pacific Gateway launched a social media system that went beyond improving its Facebook page. Working with youth interns, they
    developed a Twitter avatar, “Lenny,” who tweets daily and blogs about employment and work readiness.

  3. Awards Ceremony Luncheon

  4. Strategies for Effective Job Development

    Rick Record, Executive Director, Rrecord Consulting Services

    This workshop will help you develop strategies and techniques to prepare and package youth for targeted employment opportunities. Work smarter in assisting youth in achieving their employment goals, and make even more productive use of your time in connecting with employers.

  5. Improving Performance Outcomes for Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System: Practical Considerations

    Alana Davis, Senior Consultant, Rrecord Consulting Services

    This workshop describes the characteristics of and issues faced by youth involved with the juvenile justice system. Gain new insights and practical knowledge in helping youth transition out of the juvenile justice system. Learn how to promote cross-systems collaboration, and other promising practices that lead to enhanced outcomes for youth.

  6. Best Practices in Meeting Youth Challenges

    Paul Clayton, Clayton & Associates

    Paul has chosen three big challenges that almost all youth programs face. He will share successful innovative approaches he has seen implemented as well as noteworthy failures. We will also tap into the collective brain trust of the attendees for suggestions at meeting these challenges.