Are you connected?: YBC celebrates one-year anniversary

April 16, 2015 Charlotte Works Staff

One year ago this month, Charlotte Works’ Youth Works program launched the Youth Business Connector (YBC) at a near-packed house press conference. The YBC is a web-based clearinghouse of work-based learning (WBL) opportunities developed through a collaboration of employers, schools and community organizations to help local employers build a future pipeline of qualified employees and our […]

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Grateful and hoping to give back

February 13, 2015 Charlotte Works Staff

According to the United Nations, there are more than 51 million people living as refugees, the highest number since World War II. These days, conflicts don’t so much resolve as endlessly evolve into new conflicts, and more than 10 percent of those currently displaced have been refugees for years, sometimes decades. Living in a state […]

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Youth finds skill, job, acceptance through YouthWorks program

November 14, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

Galo Saladin is not shy. He’s not shy about telling you that he only got into maintenance work for the money. (He really wants to go into horticulture and dreams of working his own organic farm one day.) He’s not shy about telling you about his past as “not-the-greatest-kid in high school.” (“I’m not gonna […]

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Hope, patience and time lead to success for Youth Works student

October 17, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

“Having no job, not being in school and living in a single-parent home led me to feel hopeless,” says 20-year-old LaQuisha Davis. The 2012 Harding University High School-graduate attended one semester at South Carolina State University, but was forced to leave because she couldn’t afford the out-of-state tuition. Bored and flipping through the JobFinder USA […]

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Enhancements make Youth Business Connector easier for employers, educators to connect

Charlotte Works Staff

The Youth Business Connector (YBC) is a web-based clearinghouse developed through a collaboration among employers, schools and community organizations that are working together to build career education partnerships in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. Through relevant career education opportunities and experiences, local employers build a future pipeline of qualified employees and our region’s students gain valuable career […]

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In-school youth program wraps an action-packed year

July 18, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

In 2012, Charlotte Works’ board of directors decided to begin serving in-school youth for the first time in seven years. They wanted to engage youth while still in high school to provide the wrap-around services needed to help them graduate and become career- and/or college-ready. For the past two years, we’ve been providing education and […]

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Connecting the classroom to careers: Youth Business Connector launches

April 17, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

Charlotte Works launched the Youth Business Connector (YBC), a new free, online tool that connects employers and educators to provide real-world career experiences for students, at a press conference on April 8. Nearly 60 guests packed the large classroom at the Employer Engagement Center to learn about this first and only tool of its kind in […]

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New web portal connects youth, businesses

December 13, 2013 Charlotte Works Staff

Many reports and studies show that the skills gap is increasing at a rapid pace. Thousands of positions go unfilled every day because of the lack of a skilled workforce. Education requirements are also on the rise. A high school diploma alone may no longer lead to a successful, sustainable career. Educating our youth about […]

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Are you a youth? Are you a business? Want to connect?

August 18, 2013 Charlotte Works Staff

Charlotte Works’ Youth Works program is about to help make that happen with an online tool designed to connect Mecklenburg County students and employers to build a pipeline of qualified future employees. Youth Business Connector (YBC) will serve the community as a clearinghouse of work-based learning opportunities for area youth, including those who are both […]

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New in-school program aims to engage more youth, fill talent pipeline

July 14, 2013 Charlotte Works Staff

“We have to begin to close the skills gap with youth, because it’s not going happen with our seasoned workers alone,” says Youth Works Director Danielle Frazier to describe the overall goal of the initiative’s new in-school program, set to launch with the 2013 – 2014 school year. “It’s about getting youth to see the […]

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