First Jobs Academy Enhanced Management Training prepares community employers to successfully hire and retain youth in the child welfare system. Training sessions are designed to help employers understand the strengths and struggles these youth bring to the world of work in order to increase opportunities for success.
The Enhanced Management Training program provides employers with basic information and context about working effectively with youth, specifically youth in the foster care system. In the First Jobs Academy model, employers are called “business mentors” to highlight their importance in providing youth with direct support, modeling, and encouragement at the worksite. Business mentors enable youth to capitalize on natural supports in the workplace rather than relying on external job coaches.
This product was funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Beaulieu A. First Jobs Academy Enhanced Management Training: Curriculum for Employers of Child Welfare Involved Youth. Augusta, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy;2010.