Youth employment program provides life and career skills training

EmployIndy, a workforce development organization, and its youth employment system, known as YES Indy, created the multi-level initiative.

EmployIndy, a workforce development organization, and its youth employment system, known as YES Indy, created the multi-level initiative.

A program is available to help teens and young adults get job training, learn life skills and complete their education.

EmployIndy, a workforce development organization, and its youth employment system, known as YES Indy, created the multi-level initiative. EmploiIndy’s vice president for neighborhoods, Dionne Smith, said the two-week intensive preparation program had specific goals.

“We work with young people to help them change their mindset from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset,” Smith said. “They learn responsibility, self-confidence, attitude, teamwork, conflict management.”

Career Navigators within YES Indy serve as mentors and play a key role when young adults make decisions about their future.

“That relationship develops over the next few years as a young person talks about their goals and creates a goal plan and has elements of leadership or supportive housing or whatever. what this youngster needs,” Smith said.

Program participants are between the ages of 16 and 24 and have experienced homelessness, have not completed high school, or are young parents.


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