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3.1 Working
3.1.1 The program provides opportunities for youth to develop competencies appropriate to securing employment, including resume writing, interviewing and job search skills.
Strategies/Approaches PEPNet Awardee Examples
Offer workshops and courses covering job readiness topics
3.1.2 The program provides opportunities for youth to develop competencies appropriate to maintaining employment, such as communication; dealing with supervision; and interpersonal and lifelong learning skills.
Strategies/Approaches PEPNet Awardee Examples
Structure the program to model a work environment
Use SCANS and other nationally recognized tools to document competencies
3.1.3 The program provides opportunities for youth to assess career interests and explore a variety of career options.
Strategies/Approaches PEPNet Awardee Examples
Organize awareness, planning and readiness activities in a clearly defined, sequential structure
Provide opportunities for youth to assess and identify career interests
Provide opportunities for youth to research career and college interests
Develop awareness of entrepreneurship and small business management
3.1.4 The program provides opportunities for youth to participate in work-based learning activities, such as job shadowing, internships, occupational training, work experience and community service.
Strategies/Approaches PEPNet Awardee Examples
Expose youth to a variety of educational and occupational options
The program provides opportunities for youth to participate in work-based learning activities, such as job shadowing, internships, work experience and community service.  
Offer challenging work-based learning opportunities
Offer challenging experiential learning opportunities such as service learning and project-based learning
Provide occupational training
3.1.5 The program helps youth set personal academic and career goals and create realistic plans to achieve them.
Strategies/Approaches PEPNet Awardee Examples
Enable youth to articulate career/college goals and set realistic plans to achieve them
3.1.6 The program ensures that youth develop competencies that are relevant to local/regional labor market demands, post-secondary requirements and/or industry standards.
Strategies/Approaches PEPNet Awardee Examples
Employer runs the program or is intimately involved in governance and program design  
Learn employer needs to insure training is relevant to workplace needs
Team with unions/trade associations to offer pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship opportunities
Ensure youth exit program with industry-targeted skill set validated by employers
Encourage certification as evidence of competencies gained
3.1.7 The program ensures that youth can communicate the competencies they have gained to employers and others.
Strategies/Approaches PEPNet Awardee Examples
Document attainment of skills competencies through reviews and/or self assessments
Track competencies attainment through sequential stages of workforce development
Require a demonstration of skills gained through real-life projects
Enable youth to communicate the competencies they have gained through the use of portfolios
Demonstrate specific youth competencies  
3.1.8 The program provides youth with access to employment opportunities and placement assistance.
Strategies/Approaches PEPNet Awardee Examples
None Currently  

 

3.2 Academic Learning
3.2.1 The program uses accepted assessment tools to identify academic skill levels.
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None Currently  
3.2.2 The program provides opportunities for youth to gain basic literacy and numeracy skills, including English as a second language.
Strategies/Approaches PEPNet Awardee Examples
Provide tutoring, literacy services and/or English as a Second Language instruction
3.2.3 The program designs activities that reinforce the connection between academic learning and work.
Strategies/Approaches PEPNet Awardee Examples
Integrate related academic courses into project-based learning so youth can earn high school credits
3.2.4 The program provides youth with opportunities to progress towards a recognized credential, such as the GED, high school diploma, or post-secondary education or training credential.
Strategies/Approaches PEPNet Awardee Examples
Help out-of-school youth complete secondary education and earn a diploma
Academic preparation/remediation
3.2.5 The program helps youth learn how to access post-secondary education or advanced training opportunities.
Strategies/Approaches PEPNet Awardee Examples
Help youth learn about, enroll in and pay for post-secondary education, including dual enrollment, tuition-free college credit and scholarships

 

3.3 Connecting
3.3.1 The program develops and nurtures sustained relationships between youth and caring, knowledgeable adults.
Strategies/Approaches PEPNet Awardee Examples
Structure mentoring and other formal relationships between youth and adults
Offer purposeful opportunities for youth to interact and connect with staff and community adults
Keep the ratio of youth to staff as low as possible and create opportunities for 1-on-1 interactions
Incorporate mentoring into career exploration and planning activities
3.3.2 The program provides youth with opportunities to forge positive peer-to-peer and peer group relationships.
Strategies/Approaches PEPNet Awardee Examples
Youth serve as peer tutors, mentors, and/or counselors
Organize participants into a mutual support network
Build peer support through efforts including team-building activities, uniforms, special events
Involve youth with peer role models
3.3.3 The program ensures that activities, materials, tools and organizational structures promote acceptance and awareness of diverse groups, races and cultures.
Strategies/Approaches PEPNet Awardee Examples
Foster staff awareness of diverse groups and prepare staff to talk with youth about racism and discrimination
Promote interest in heritage and encourage cultural, ethnic, social, and gender awareness
Develop activities or curriculum to celebrate diversity, promote tolerance, and combat stereotyping
3.3.4 The program provides youth with opportunities to work cooperatively with others.
Strategies/Approaches PEPNet Awardee Examples
Create opportunities for peer collaborations
3.3.5 The program works to increase youths' support from family and/or other responsible adults for meeting goals.
Strategies/Approaches PEPNet Awardee Examples
Structure opportunities for parents and other significant adults in a youth's life to engage in the participant's program experience
Enlist parents as volunteers in program activities
Serve as a conduit to resources (workshops, materials, services, advocacy) for the parents
Conduct outreach to parents
Provide feedback to family members on youth's progress
3.3.6 The program ensures that youth learn how to successfully navigate the community.
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None Currently  

 

3.4 Leading
3.4.1 The program provides all youth participants with opportunities to contribute to the program and to the community.
Strategies/Approaches PEPNet Awardee Examples
Provide opportunities for youth to experiment with new roles and responsibilities in the community
Provide youth with opportunities to contribute through community service.
3.4.2 The program provides structured opportunities for all participants to lead in the program and community.
Strategies/Approaches PEPNet Awardee Examples
Implement a team-based model, in which individual youth oversee a team, group, or crew
3.4.3 The program provides youth with training/preparation for leadership opportunities
Strategies/Approaches PEPNet Awardee Examples
Provide a formal leadership training program
3.4.4 The program implements a strategy, which may include community service and service learning, to build civic engagement.
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None Currently  
3.4.5 The program helps youth develop a sense of purpose, e.g., belief in their own ability and desire to contribute to something greater than themselves.
Strategies/Approaches PEPNet Awardee Examples
Incorporate published youth development curriculum to build self-esteem, etc..  
3.4.6 The program sets high expectations for youth and holds youth accountable.
Strategies/Approaches PEPNet Awardee Examples
None Currently  

 

3.5 Thriving
3.5.1 The program takes steps to prevent or divert young people's engagement in risky behaviors.
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None Currently  
3.5.2 The program supports youth in accessing physical and mental health-related services.
Strategies/Approaches PEPNet Awardee Examples
None Currently  
3.5.3 The program supports youth in developing independent living skills, including financial and computer literacy.
Strategies/Approaches PEPNet Awardee Examples
Encourage asset building through personal financial management training
Provide basic computer literacy
Encourage growth of participants' saving accounts to use for future education and/or training  
Improve connections between teachers and the workplace
3.5.4 The program uses multiple strategies to promote healthy decision-making and teaches youth how to address societal, peer and familial pressures.
Strategies/Approaches PEPNet Awardee Examples
None Currently  

 

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