WHO? The 10-lesson Beginning to Work It Out program (updated 2016) targets at-risk youth and young adults who may have dropped out of high school and are attempting to enter the job market for the first time.
WHY? More and more young people are at risk for chronic unemployment, life-long poverty, and even incarceration. These youth and young adults have increasingly been enrolled in employment and training programs in alternative schools, diversion programs, and community-based organizations. However, many of these individuals are deficient not only in academic and job search skills, but in critical interpersonal skills as well.
WHAT? Through realistic, topical stories with age-appropriate characters and thought-provoking activities, Beginning to Work It Out participants gain self-awareness, emotional self-control, and skills in interpersonal problem solving.
"Beginning to Work It Out" targets at-risk youth and young adults who are preparing for first time employment. This program helps participants develop positive work-related goals and prepare for issues which may occur with supervisors during the first months of work.
Part 1: Gaining Self-Awareness Lesson 1 Understanding Conflict Lesson 2 Power of Personal Beliefs Lesson 3 Unspoken Rules of Work Part 2: Managing Emotions Lesson 4 Warning Signs Lesson 5 Stop & Think
Part 3: Handling Difficult Conversations Lesson 6 Expressing Concerns Lesson 7 Dealing with Criticism
Part 4: Solving Problems Lesson 8 Problem & Goal Lesson 9 Info & Insight Lesson 10 Choices & Consequences Closing Lesson
TestimonialsBeginning to Work It Out "This program is EXACTLY what we need to help our clients (homeless youth, etc.) get jobs and keep them! I really enjoyed it!!" John Pirkoff, counselor Urban Peak Denver, CO “Going through this training gave me so much more insight into the youth I work with, as well as myself and how I deal with stressful situations. I highly recommend it!” Monica Burr Assistant Director, YouthWorks! Albany, NY
“This training was informative and will enhance our program tremendously. Steve’s knowledge, insight, and personal accounts have helped me to better understand what we need to do to help our children succeed.” Valeria Thomas Director, Smart Start Albany, NY