Partnering Consortium Join Forces to Build Confidence in Youth

Partnering Consortium Join Forces to Build Confidence in Youth

For many “at-risk” youth in Union County, their transient state is a factor that can deprive them of the confidence needed when interviewing for a job.  However, the Youth Employment Pathways (YEP) program is changing those obstacles.

Thanks to United Way of Greater Union County ((UWGUC), the YEP program is a 10-month initiative that is targeting 150 young people, by strategically preparing them for employment.  UWGUC received a grant from the Union County Freeholders and the Workforce Investment Board, to partner with a consortium of agencies that render specific services.

In Elizabeth, the Jefferson Park Ministries works to recruit the Haitian population and other at-risk populations.  The Urban League has demonstrated success in providing young people with a beneficial employment tool-kit, while the NJ Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Remote Internship Program has been a real morale booster.  

Clearly, Dante was a perfect candidate for the YEP.  He lacked the skills needed in the workplace and found himself being constantly rejected by potential job opportunities.  That was until, UWGUC connected Dante to the Urban League, where he went through a comprehensive training program.   

Dante learned valuable interviewing techniques, such as making eye-to-eye contact and showing enthusiasm.  He also learned that his body language was as important as verbal language.  The Urban League helped Dante to build his job readiness skill level and confidence. 

More importantly, Dante now armed with a new and improved attitude was not only up for the challenge, but was named the Most Valuable Player of the Remote Internship Program.  This accolade certainly went a long way.

Therefore, when Dante was given information about a job fair by the One Stop Career Center, he was more than ready for the challenge.  Earlier this year (2016), Dante was hired in a position at Newark Liberty International Airport, and there’s no doubt that he’ll continue to rise up to meet his next challenge.


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