Youth Works gets a new name and look

Youth Works gets a new name and look

June 1, 2017 | Katrina Louis

Charlotte Works’ Youth Works program is now NCWorks NextGen! In an effort to collectively communicate impact, the rebranding now aligns North Carolina’s 23 workforce development boards that serve Title I youth and young adults under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Determining whether young adults are eligible to participate in the NCWorks NextGen program […]

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From intern to employee: Israel Garcia-Perez models success of collaboration

April 21, 2017 Katrina Louis

Two years ago, Israel Garcia-Perez sat in a training classroom at the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) maintenance facility ready to begin his first day as an intern in the pre-apprenticeship pathways program. A partnership among Charlotte Works, CATS and the City of Charlotte’s Mayor’s Youth Employment Program (MYEP), it gives classroom training and hands-on […]

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Youth focuses on college dreams to overcome obstacles

March 18, 2016 Charlotte Works Staff

Twenty-year-old Shavona Mann wears a bright smile, knowing that she’s on track to achieve her goals. She wears that smile knowing the obstacles she’s overcome and the challenges that she continues to face. Her journey shows that anything is possible with focus and a support system. In November, family members encouraged Mann to participate in […]

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Workforce by the Numbers: Charlotte leaders working to improve economic mobility for youth

November 12, 2015 Charlotte Works Staff

Workforce by the Numbers is our monthly look at the statistics and data that are shaping the workforce in the Charlotte region. Harvard University and the University of California – Berkeley published a study in May 2015 examining upward economic mobility for children living in large metropolitan areas. The study used a sample of low-income children […]

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Challenges are no match for Youth Works teen

October 16, 2015 Charlotte Works Staff

If you ask 18-year-old Wendy de Leon Hernandez about her experience in the Youth Works program, she’ll easily answer, “If it wasn’t for them, I don’t know where I would be.” Now enrolled at Central Piedmont Community College, Hernandez, a “deferred action” youth from Mexico, has faced obstacles, yet remained focused to achieve her goal of […]

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Youth pre-apprenticeship program kicks off at CATS

July 17, 2015 Charlotte Works Staff

Last month, community partners packed a training classroom at the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) maintenance facility to launch a pre-apprenticeship pathways program. Four students who are enrolled in Charlotte Works’ Youth Works program are participating in classroom and hands-on training that includes topics such as transit care, information technology, operations and finance. The 14-month initiative is […]

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Youth Works propels high school grad to bigger & better things

June 19, 2015 Charlotte Works Staff

“All of my professional experience is because of Youth Works. It’s helped me be successful. I owe everything to the program,” says 17-year-old Christian Hukportie, who joined Charlotte Works’ Youth Works in-school youth program during his junior year of high school. Students in Youth Works explore and develop career goals through work-based learning opportunities so they […]

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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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