Our Youth Exploration Program (YEP) is intended to assist high school and early college students develop business acumen so they can be better prepared to join the workforce and become contributing members for the teams they join once hired. Through a series of learning activities and visits to some of the largest employers in Florida across a span of industries, students gain skills that support both entrepreneurship as well as occupational pathways. Students will have an opportunity to discover their own interests as they become exposed to opportunities across industries and learn about the relevance of education, lifelong learning, life goals, time management, and problem solving skills.
The Youth Exploration Program (YEP) includes:
-Vocational assessment and career exploration.
-Exposure to logic models and outcomes for entrepreneurship options.
-Financial Literacy and money management skills development.
-Leadership and interpersonal skills development.
-Resume writing assistance and job search techniques.
-Learning experiences in varied industries including STEM, Arts, Healthcare, Financial Services, and Hospitality, among others.
-Opportunity for work-based experiences through internships a corporate member sites.
Mentors, including peer mentors both with and without disabilities, will assist in the development of these competencies.
I didn't expect to learn so much about myself and my future options through this program. The companies we visited provided us with wonderful insights about their field and as result I feel much more prepared to face the future. The workshops held both prior and during the site visits were wonderful at preparing us to showcase our best when visiting potential employers. The knowledge I gained in such a short period of time would not have been possible without this program.
JP - Evans High School
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