In the summer of 2020 local workforce areas around the country experienced changes in service delivery to youth due to the pandemic. Innovation, partnerships and creativity were at the forefront of serving youth and connecting them to opportunities. 

These webcasts feature local areas who share experiences from serving youth in the 2020 summer.  The conversations shares challenges, innovative practices, and adjustments made to support youth helping them attain successful outcomes. Listen and learn the experiences and activities undertaken by these local areas to serve youth in challenging times. 

Bluegrass Area District in Lexington, Kentucky (10 minutes) 

Learn how the KEY (Kentucky Employs Youth) Program focused on providing a trauma-informed training for staff and a team-based approach to connect youth to work-based learning opportunities.  This work also included working with business partners to plan for the “new normal.”

Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, Illinois (10 minutes) 

Learn how the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership strengthened its existing, vast network of partners and employers to serve youth in the public workforce system in Chicago and suburban Cook County. 

Commonwealth Corporation and MASSHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center (15 minutes) 

Commonwealth Corporation and MASSHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center share their #YouthWorksStrong A Summer of Virtual Career Development plan and explains how providing options to employers and youth work to give more opportunities.