The California Library Association recognized the twenty participants in the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) grant for submitting the best video to the annual California Teen Video Challenge. The teens filmed, edited, and uploaded their video to YouTube under the guidance of Santa Ana librarians and digital media instructors from Rancho Santiago Community College. The video, entitled "Seeds to Trees," features a rap that celebrates the library as a place of reading and learning. Posted to YouTube, the video has been viewed about 16,000 times.
Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis talks about her first job, the lessons she learned and how they still apply to her work today. Go find your first job at http://www.whitehouse.gov/summerjobs
Joined by panelists from across town and across the country, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis participated in a Google Hangout – a live online video conference – on the importance of summer jobs and the administration's Summer Jobs initiative. The event showcased the involvement of Jamba Juice and Southwire as two of the more than 120 companies and organizations that have signed on as Summer Jobs partners, as well as the city of Columbus, Ohio, and the development work of Monica Wilkinson from San Francisco. But perhaps the most compelling story was that of Jorge Otano, who got his first summer job through the Latin American Youth Center in Washington, D.C., where he now proudly works as a full-time employee. As Secretary Solis said, "There's no replacement for the dignity that comes with earning your first paycheck, I know because I've been there. I wouldn't be here today — as the nation's first Latina Secretary of Labor — if it wasn't for the summer work experiences I had growing up."
No Kidding: Straight Talk from Teen Parents is a unique child support prevention program that educates young people on the rights, responsibilities, and realities of teen parenting through interactive presentations conducted by peer educators who are themselves teenage parents. No Kidding combines elements of peer education and service learning programs to address the legal and financial ramifications of teenage childbearing in a manner that resonates with young audiences and promotes the individual and social responsibility of the peer educators. The program has a strong prevention message that focuses on the why of not becoming a parent too soon rather than the how. No Kidding was initially implemented through a federal Office of Child Support Enforcement Section 1115 Demonstration grant – ongoing implementation is through a unique public/private partnership between the Texas Office of the Attorney General-Child Support Division, local public school districts and local community-based organizations in Austin, El Paso and Houston. The program has three complimentary goals: • Educate current and future parents – especially parents with non-marital births – about the legal, financial and emotional rights and responsibilities of raising a child • Encourage teens to postpone parenthood until after they’ve completed their education, established a career and entered into a stable, committed relationship • Support professional career development for teen parent interns and empower them to use their life situations to make meaningful contributions to their peers The seven minute No Kidding video introduces viewers to a team of No Kidding educators, provides some insight into their motivation for working in the program, shows highlights of the program in action in school classrooms, and offers a glimpse into how the program impacts the No Kidding educators’ plans for the future.
The Advertising Council and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation joined to launch a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to provide high school dropouts with access to information that will get them started on the road to a GED Diploma. The campaign shows viewers that "You can take the first step" and directs them to a toll free number 877-38-YOURGED and a new website, www.yourged.org, available in English and Spanish. The site provides visitors with free referrals to local GED programs and information on the GED Diploma process. The campaign also has a mobile component. Young adults can text 69222 from their cell phones and receive messages about the three literacy centers closest to them.
American Youth Policy Forum hosted a webinar which examined the elements of program models that have demonstrated effectiveness in preparing students for postsecondary access and success, based on the results of rigorous evaluations. The webinar was anchored by the findings of the new AYPF publication, Success at Every Step: How 23 Programs Support Youth on the Path to College and Beyond, and featured two of the included program models. The webinar also addressed the role of policy in supporting local, state, and national goals for college and career readiness. For more information, visit: http://www.aypf.org/Webinars/Wb062210.htm
July 19, 2009 CNN posted a clip on Summer Jobs "More than one billion in stimulus funds goes to fund summer jobs for youth. Is it worth it? CNN's Kate Bolduan reports."