Education and Workforce Partnership Survey
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has adversely affected us all. Moreover, the younger members of our society are profoundly and poignantly impacted by the pandemic. Many of our students have begun to work, or work more hours, to support their families, because they have the time since they don’t have to attend class in-person. As an employer, you have the opportunity to provide the necessary mentorship, guidance, and encouragement to support our youth.
How to Provide Mentorship and Guidance to Youth as an Employer
A campaign by the National League of Cities
We know that to be competitive in today’s workforce, people need at least a high school diploma. This is particularly important for students of color who face additional barriers due to systemic racism. However, only 79.8% of Oakland youth graduate high school and only 59.5% move on to postsecondary education. Furthermore, the current global health crisis has increased unemployment rates, decreased available services for undocumented families, and forced K-12 and college students to continue with distance learning. As a result, we may see more youth disengage from their college and career goals thus hindering the potential of our future workforce. Now more than ever, we need to work together to provide additional support mechanisms wherever we can, and we know employers play a key role in closing the opportunity gap as one of the primary instructors and role models for our youth.
By engaging with Oakland youth and young adults, you have the power to:
- Build accessible and equitable pathways to long-lasting careers
- Strengthen Oakland’s workforce ecosystem
- Encourage young people to stay in school
- Ensure young people maintain school and work life balance
- Increase academic achievement and completion rates
- Foster an engaged community with citywide recognition
How to engage Start a conversation with a local young person. Here are a few questions to help you foster discussion and show your support.
- How is school going?
- How is distance learning?
- How are you managing school and work?
- What’s your favorite subject?
- Have you heard of (insert organization name/resources)? They are doing/helping with (insert activity) for people around your age.
Interested in learning more? Contact Ashleigh Smallwood at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about available resources, programming, and other ways to support our youth.