How We See It: Preparing Youth for Success

Together we should ensure young people have the necessary skills, resources and support to enter the workforce and thrive.
March 13, 2024
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In our ever-changing world, the success of young people isn’t only a matter of individual opportunity. It's a collective responsibility. Together we should ensure young people have the necessary skills, resources and support to enter the workforce and thrive. It’s a critical component of our fight for economic well-being and the reason we collaborate with partners to address the multifaceted challenges of youth workforce development.

First Things First

Why is it such a priority? The future of our community and economy depends on it. When young people are equipped with the tools they need to succeed in the workforce, they not only fulfill their potential as individuals but also contribute to the vitality and resilience of our region.

The first step in readying young people for the workforce begins with understanding the obstacles they face. We must engage with them every step of the way. Systemic inequities create barriers to education and job opportunities. Overcoming deeply rooted roadblocks can feel daunting, but together we can empower young people to pave their own way forward.

Partnerships Pave the Way

Local business leaders, youthsupporting organizations and career readiness professionals explored this critical issue during a recent panel discussion moderated by Moira Weir, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Cincinnati. Their conversation underscored the importance of partnerships in driving meaningful change.

Partnerships between corporations and youth-supporting organizations provide essential pathways for young people to gain skills, experience and mentorship. Companies that offer internships, apprenticeships and career development programs not only invest in the future workforce but also cultivate diverse talent pipelines that reflect their community.

When youth-supporting organizations and career readiness professionals collaborate, young people get wrap-around support to help navigate the complexities of the job market. These partnerships can equip young people with the confidence and know-how to pursue their career aspirations.

Unlocking Potential

Each partner shares a commitment to fostering belonging and empowering young people. It's not just about finding a job; it's about encouraging a sense of purpose and possibility. We can help guide individual trajectories and inspire a more inclusive, equitable future by nurturing young people’s talents and ambitions.

As we reflect on the insights shared during the panel discussion, one thing is clear: Youth workforce development is not a challenge to be solved in isolation; it requires the collective efforts of businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, educational institutions and communities. Together, we have the power to unlock the potential of our young people and build a brighter tomorrow for generations to come.

If you share our passion for youth empowerment and career readiness, please consider joining one of our Impact Communities, or make a gift to support our work.

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United Way of Greater Cincinnati is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization [Tax ID: 31-0537502]. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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