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The Challenge: Youth Unemployment
“The share of unemployed young people with no previous work experience nearly doubled, making it harder for them to compete with experienced applicants. Youth need opportunities to gain initial on-the-job experience and be successful in the workplace so they can illustrate those essential skills to later employers.”
So what is HomePlate doing to help youth in Washington County prepare for and find employment?
We have a dedicated staff member to assist youth will all things employment related. Amanda is available during drop-in and throughout the week to meet with youth one-on-one to provide job search and application assistance, skills training, resume and cover letter creation, and interview coaching. Contact Amanda at (971) 400-0551 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule time or to learn more!
Programming at Drop-In:
HomePlate staff is working collaboratively to bring enrichment programming into our drop-in locations. We aim to have 2-5 activities each month that allow youth to participate in skills training, network with community members, and pursue their interests in a supportive space.
Each Wednesday, from 5:00-6:00 pm at Merlo Station High School, HomePlate hosts Futures – a designated, quiet, and supportive space for youth to explore education and employment opportunities, build skills, and pursue anything future-related. HomePlate staff and trained volunteers are available to assist during this time.
Youth can apply at any time to participate in our drop-internship program. Youth will work closely with staff and volunteers for approximately 1-3 hours per week, before drop in, to assist with set up, meal preparation, organizing resources, cleaning, and other duties. This is not a paid position but youth will receive gift cards scaled to the hours completed.
Youth Employment Programs:
Sit’n Stay – a weekly dog-sitting service for Saturday Beaverton Farmers Market customers that provides a supportive employment opportunity for young people who face housing instability.
HomePerk – a one-month job opportunity during which youth prepare coffee and snacks for Bethel Congregational Church attendees while providing customer service, managing inventory and donations, and participating in one-on-one mentoring and job skills training.