Teens and Teen Workers

Contextualized Learning

Contextualized learning as a practice that endeavors to link theoretical constructs that are taught during learning, to practical, real-world context. Students learn better when they see the relevance between what they are learning and the application in the world of work. It also prepares them better for the workplace. For an excellent analysis go to https://www.efrontlearning.com/blog/2017/06/contextualized-learning-effective-elearning.html.... more »

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We should have pre employment training as well as continued supported employment training additionally. The pre-placement training can review things to assist with job placement and then another 20 hours can be utilized for on the job training. We also need to have a peer mentoring program with the employer and employee so that they can be matched up with a skilled worker to help them transition into the job duties smoothly.... more »

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HR Professional trending idea

Enlist the help and collect volunteers of local, regional and national human resources professionals to make presentations about topics such as: Howe to find and keep a job; how to present yourself when you interview; how to write a resume or fill out an application; Where your perfect job can be found; and so on. HR professionals are interested in doing this kind of group mentoring because they are always looking for... more »

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Awareness needs to start in Middle School trending idea

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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Workplace mentors to help develop good Judgement trending idea

Will Rogers said "Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment." Based on the brain and emotional development of adolescents; they are likely to act on impulse without thinking of the consequences of behavior. This age group is also more likely than others to engage in risky behavior. It makes sense as an employer to pair a younger less experienced worker with workers with more experience... more »

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Include Curriculum in Required High School Careers Class trending idea

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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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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Job Fairs

Parents, teachers and mentors should encourage teens to attend job fairs that focus on potential careers (technology, healthcare, finance, etc.) that they are interested in pursuing. This is a helpful show-and-tell of what employers are looking for in potential job candidates. This helps the teens to see the "real world" of what certain careers demand and want in their successful job applicants. It helps to show what... more »

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Self Advocacy and Disability Disclosure

When training teens to prepare to enter the workforce, it is critical that they receive training on advocating for themselves in the workplace, disclosing a disability (if applicable) and requesting accommodations if needed. These are critical skills to educate teens on to ensure they feel prepared and confident to enter the workforce.

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Working with Local High Schools trending idea

Many schools in the state of Wisconsin work with students to obtain Youth Apprenticeships with local businesses. Sharing information about workplace rights and responsibilities with local schools would enable the information to get into the hands of the students. When I see information that is pertinent to the workforce and my students, I share them on my MhsJobs social media pages. Students follow social media quit avidly... more »

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Structured Learning Experience/Work Based Learning Experience trending idea

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 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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FAQ for Teens

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.

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