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Parents and families are on the front lines of assisting youth transitioning into the workforce. The information here covers a variety of areas and can be helpful in supporting a young person as they seek training and employment.

A great way to support a youth in becoming successful in the workplace is to teach independence and responsibility. Young people can find resources to support themselves on one of the many other pages on our site, including finding training programs, volunteering opportunities, and job openings. They can also reach out to our Youth Employment Coordinator for additional guidance.

Contact Bethany Smith with questions at bsmith@childnet.org or call 707-421-7229, ext. 109.

Parents and families of young workers

9 Tips to Help Your Teen Get a Job - Teens are facing more competition than ever for jobs, thanks to the economy. Here’s how you can help your teen find work.

Career Exploration for Teens - Exercises, tips, and online resources you need to kick off a successful career conversation with your teenager.

Employment by Parents - U.S. Dept of Labor, laws on parents employing their children

Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success: Tips for Parents & Families - Soft skills are every day interpersonal skills that jobseekers need to succeed on the job. This booklet gives families strategies and practice exercises to help them help their children with these skills.

Helping Youth Build Work Skills for Job Success: Tips for Parents and Families - Employment is a crucial aspect of a youth's journey towards adulthood. Families of youth, including youth with disabilities, play a vital role in helping youth explore careers that match their strengths and interests and in helping youth understand the importance of building basic work skills so they are prepared for employment.

Helping Youth Transition to Adulthood: Guidance for Foster Parents - This fact sheet provides foster parents with guidance on how to help youth and emerging adults build a foundation for a successful transition to adult life outside of foster care.

Job Corps, Who is Elegible? - For 16- to 24-year-olds* ready to work toward a successful future, Job Corps’ free education and career training program is a great place to
start.

Kids.gov - Information about jobs and careers, government, plus much more!

The Benefits and Risks of Adolecent Employment - This article summarizes findings from the Youth Development Study, a long-term, ongoing longitudinal study that has followed a community-based panel from middle adolescence through early adulthood.

Youth at risk from parents' low-wage jobs - One-in-6 U.S. adolescents faces higher risk of obesity, dropping out of school and poverty because their parents are stuck in low-wage jobs, researchers say.

Supporting Special-Needs Youth

Ayudando a los jóvenes a Desarrollar Habilidades Sociales para tener Éxito en el Trabajo: Consejos para los Padres y las Familias Este breve informativo trata la importancia de las habilidades sociales y ofrece estrategias que los padres pueden usar para ayudar a sus hijos a desarrollar habilidades para el éxito en el trabajo.

By Youth for Youth: Employment - This publication was co-written by members of the Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT), Jennifer Thomas, and Nathan Cunningham. YouthACT is a national initiative to get more youth with disabilities and their allies involved as leaders who partner with adults and organizations to improve opportunities for youth to succeed in life. YouthACT is led by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) at the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) with funding from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).

California Department of Education, Secondary Transition Planning - Resources and guidelines to assist youth with disabilities as they transition from school to adult life, including education and training, employment and independent living.

Child Trends, Data Bank - In-depth report on youth employment trends since 1993

Dreamcatchers
Dreamcatchers Empowerment Network is the first vocational rehabilitation program certified by the state of California that is affiliated with a mental health rehabilitation center. Services range from assisting participants with initial hurdles such as securing social security cards and teaching them how to take public transportation, to providing paid work assessments, employment preparation and actual job placement with businesses in the community.

Helping Youth Build Work Skills for Job Success: Tips for Parents and Families - Employment is a crucial aspect of a youth's journey towards adulthood. Families of youth, including youth with disabilities, play a vital role in helping youth explore careers that match their strengths and interests and in helping youth understand the importance of building basic work skills so they are prepared for employment.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability - NCWD/Youth is your source for information about employment and youth with disabilities. Our partners — experts in disability, education, employment, and workforce development — strive to ensure you will be provided with the highest quality, most relevant information available.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability - This section provides information for organizations working with youth and policy makers on career exploration, employment options, and research-based best practices for transition youth to adulthood and the world of work.

PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment - The road to adulthood for youth with disabilities is filled with opportunity, and parents play a key role. PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment is ready with the information families want, presented in a way families can use.

Preparing for Employment: On the Home Front - Supporting youth looking for their first job(s)

Safe Jobs for Youth Resource Kit - Working can give teens money, skills, and self-­confidence, but not if they are injured on the job. Parents are often the ones teens go to first for information and advice about jobs. In order to advise their children, parents must know how to promote safety on the job and a healthy work environment.

Work-Based Learning and Future Employment for Youth: A Guide for Parents and Guardians - Challenges and strategies for successful work-based learning experiences for youth with disabilities