Having an online forum where teens can ask questions or get answers to their work related questions in plain-english would help them understand their rights and advocate for themselves. I have experienced first hand the difference in many work places for teens, especially those dealing with tips and tip-pools but the rules are constantly changing and find an answer can be difficult.
It is critical to provide hands on real world learning experiences prior to teens entering the workforce for the first time. This can include learning from a guest speaker from an industry they are interested in, having an internship, job shadowing, or taking a tour of a workplace.
Youth stated that this is important:
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We have a captive audience of U.S. teen job seekers (19-14) nationwide. It would be great if you could sponsor such sessions to our members as we now qualify to receive tax deductible contributions and we presently link to much of the DOL information related to teens: http://www.teens4hire.org/Employment/Resources.aspx
A 2015 study shows that young workers like to receive safety information through videos, hands-on demos and on-the-job training, with older youth preferring self-led options. #EPWChat
-This idea is attributed to the National Safety Council via Twitter Chat from May 18, 2021