Metro North Youth Initiatives
The Metro North REB places a high priority on helping to ensure that local youth are well prepared with the skills, knowledge, and experience to enter into, and thrive in, the workforce, long into adulthood. The REB’s youth-focused efforts include:
Metro North Youth Council
The Metro North Youth Council, which represents a wide range of business, community, and public interests, supports the development and implementation of effective workforce training programs. The council also serves as a catalyst to bring together public and private leaders from the local community to inform workforce policy and funding decisions that support sustainable employment opportunities for area youth. [Click here to read more about the Metro North Youth Council]
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Program
Using funds provided by the US Department of Labor through WIOA, the REB supports fourteen youth development programs throughout the year. The youth who participate in these programs (both in-school and out-of-school) receive a wide range of support and training services, including job counseling, educational services, work experience, and exposure to the workplace. [Click here to read more about the REB’s WIA Youth Programs]
Metro North "Amp it up!" Initiative
The Metro North “AMP it up!" initiative has established two separate programs with funds from MassDevelopment as part of its statewide "AMP it up!" campaign, which supports the efforts of community-based organizations to educate youth about the wide range of high-tech, innovative jobs available throughout the state. Metro North’s efforts have focused on informing youth about the new nature of manufacturing, the availability of jobs in the region, and the many benefits that a career in this sector can provide. With support provided by MassDevelopment 2012, the REB implemented a program that used a hands-on approach -- including parcipation in workshops, information sessions, and company tours -- to introduce students enrolled in GED programs to the field of advanced manufacturing. As part of this grant, the REB has also developed informational materials, available for download here:
How About a Career in...Advanced Manufacturing?, Brochure [Download PDF]
Advanced Manufacturing Careers, One-page Overview [Download PDF]
Training Programs Serving the Metro North Region [PDF]
With a second MassDevelopment grant awarded in 2013, the REB is now working on a program to help over 100 young women explore opportunities in the advanced manufacturing sector. The REB's partners in its "AMP it up!" programming have included: The Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium; American Training, Inc.; Launch GED/Mystic Learning Center; Wakefield Public Schools; Just-A-Start YouthBuild; The Center for Manufacturing Technology; Boston Centerless; United Electric Controls; Madico; Malden Teen Enrichment Center; Boys and Girls Club of Middlesex County; and the Metro North One-Stop Career Centers, Career Source and The Career Place.
YouthWorks is a state-funded youth employment
program for teens and young adults aged 14 to 21 living in low-income
communities across Massachusetts. Each Year, the Metro North YouthWorks employment program provides meaningful employment, support, and job counseling to youth in the cities of Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Revere and Somerville, where significant numbers of at-risk youth reside. [Click here to read more about the Metro North YouthWorks program].
Connecting Activities (CA) is an initiative of the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), in partnership with the Metro North REB and six local high schools. CA is a year-rouynd initiative that "leverages a statewide infrastructure to support college and career readiness for all students. In Metro North Connecting Activities serves the communities of Everett, Malden, Revere, Somerville, and Woburn, provides a wide range of workforce development services for both students and employers. [Click here to read more about Connecting Activities]
or visit: www.massconnecting.org.
Click on the image above to check out a short video clip of a conference presentation by REB Associate Director Jonathan Hasak, in which employers are introduced to a range of talent pipeline strategies before assessing their own readiness to create or strengthen their own youth pipeline and pathway strategies.