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Teen Employment Opportunities
MIAMI VALLEY -- If your child is looking for a summer job, this is the time they should start applying.
According to a new study, employment opportunities for teens and college students has dropped significantly. But these jobs are not as easy to get this time around because of the increasing competition. Teens are now competing with older people in the workforce for these type of jobs.
According to the study, done by Brookings Institution, unemployment is most severe among low-income teens, those who need jobs the most.
The study blames this downward spiral partially on the education system, saying high schools need to better prepare students. Also, apprenticeships and two-year degrees should be made a bigger priority to help those teens who do not make it to college.
Throughout the years, YouthWorks here in Montgomery County has helped train teens for future employment.
YouthWorks has a program that trains teens 14 to 17 years old for employment. During the training the teen works on a paid job site for eight weeks.
According to the study, people who cannot get jobs when they are teenagers are less likely to find work when they are older. Putting that group more at risk for poverty, criminal activity, substance abuse, and incarceration.
You must be able to meet low-income guidelines to participate in YouthWorks.
This summer they have 2,000 teens enrolled in the program. At this point they are looking for more employers to participate.
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