Parents and Educators of Teens and Teen Workers

Give Young Workers the Tools for Survival

As a Safety Professional with over a decade of professional field experience, I have seen first hand the lack of preparation workers have around the topics of workplace safety. If students have the option as they do to take driver's education, developing & implementing a workplace safety option could introduce them to the concepts & mindset of workplace safety. The earlier, the better. The workplace is a new environment... more »

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Educating Students

I think that the first step to empower teen workers is to educate them prior to entering the workplace. Labor laws should be incorporated in students' education so they can look for signs of them being overworked if they decide to enter the workforce at a young ago. They should also be educated on how to stand up for themselves and who to turn to if they are ever put in an uncomfortable situation and they are unsure how... more »

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Cooperative Education and Diversified Education Programs

Cooperative Education programs are an integral part to Career and Technical Education programs. Under the supervision of program coordinator, work placements for CTC students are established to adhere to DOL- Child Labor Standards. Students and employers are supported through constant monitoring. Likewise, Diversified Occupations programs in high schools provide classroom instruction for students prior and during a work-based... more »

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Safety - Confidence - Responsibilities for Adulthood Prep

From my own experience, so many kids go out into the world and Life is what is teaching them - not our schools. It would be great for our educational system to have topics such as:

"Personal Safety - Be Aware of Your Surroundings" (there's lots of predators out there - especially online dating - recruiters for trafficking - don't be naïve or too trusting);

"Finances - How to Manage Your Money" (dangers of debt/credit... more »

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Learning geared towards tomorrow's jobs, not yesterdays

Teens today know entirely too much and most they learn online. They know the generations before them are fed up with the work force and are tired from living paycheck to paycheck while burdened by enormous loans. They see people who cannot obtain jobs in their studied fields. They are wary of everything. They don't want the traditional employment path of studying 4 years for an entry level position, or breaking their... more »

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Parents and Educators of Teens and Teen Workers

Graduation Requirements

As and educator for 16 years I see one fundamental mistake that we are making as a society. Our Graduation requirements and focus on college eligibility is creating this absence of skilled, dependable, ambitious young people that are ready to work.

A focus purely on education blinds our students to a world of opportunity that is available to them. As an STEM Automotive Teacher I see so many talented students convinced... more »

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Structured Learning Experience/Work Based Learning Experience

Hello:

 I am the Structured Learning Experience/Work Based Learning Experience Coordinator for Brick Memorial High School, in Brick, N.J. I am the Coordinator for the internship program for individuals with Special Needs. Myself, along with two of our community partners created a paid internship program with federal /state money for our students to work at one of our most-valued worksites; Seeds of Service in Brick,... more »

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AMP Coach 1 Case Manager

I think it would be very beneficial to the youth if we created an all in one website/app for them where they could go on and apply for jobs, get resume help, see the laws and regulations for their age and state, be able to ask questions and get feedback from a community of people or a group dedicated to the app, have resources for interview clothing and other items needed for employment. Just a one stop shop for everything... more »

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"Call of Duty" Protective Gear Training and PSAs

I belong to a family of video games lovers and I'm their biggest fan and spectator. For almost 20 years I watched my husband and all my kids play. I know the games as well as any player and never played. During games I'd ask my sons and daughter if they were ever trained on how to use all the items like health packs, weapons, tools and vehicles. This sparked discussions about it would be cool (more importantly okay with... more »

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Include Curriculum in Required High School Careers Class

Our high school already requires a semester-long careers class. Ensure that important information teens need about what jobs they can and cannot do, the hours they may work, pay requirements, workplace hazards they may encounter, and any other work-related concerns they may have is included as part of that curriculum.

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Education, Training and Employment

Training of career counselors and people that are suppose to assist young people with making career decisions. The high school counselors do not even assist young people. My children attended schools in south Jersey and were told they could not apply or should not apply to schools like NYU, Princeton, etc. Thank God they did not listen and all of them got in attended the schools of their choice NYU, Notre Dame, Rutgers,... more »

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Awareness needs to start in Middle School

Speaking from personal experience, most of what I learned as a young person was from on the job training not what was taught in school. In order to get a work permit, you had to go to the guidance office. The counselor didn't inform you as to what or how to be aware of in the workplace. Most employers that I worked for in the fast food industry were upfront about the limitations given my age as to what duties and tasks... more »

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