The Youth Job Center’s (YJC) primary goal is to provide youth with the necessary skills for successful employment. YJC’s 10-hour four-part pre-employment training introduces workplace expectations and provides staff an opportunity to assess youths’ job readiness. Training sessions focus on both hard skills (e.g. job applications, interviews and telephone techniques) and soft skills (e.g. work ethic and people skills). All participants complete a pre- and post- employment skills assessment in connection with the employment skills training.

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The Madison Street Team (MST) is a summer employment program providing at-risk youth the chance to work in a safe and stable work setting with supportive and committed supervisors. Before beginning their work, youth receive several hours of training focused on team-building, leadership skills and positive work ethic. Their work focuses on improving the city's streets and parks.

 

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The Teens Like Us Program's (TLU) main goal is to provide support and education for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth ages 13-18. Founded over 20 years ago, TLU provides a safe place for youth to meet with their peers. The group also serves youth questioning their sexuality as well as youth from LGBT- headed families. 

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