few ways businesses can
We believe that if young people thrive, our community
and the businesses in it become stronger. Like the solid
foundation businesses need to succeed, young people
need a solid foundation of supports, experiences, and
values to help them be healthy and successful.
Everyone in the community has a role to play to insure
that every young person has a foundation for success.
Businesses play a particularly vital role as
leaders and employers within the community.
Businesses who implement the following policies
to help empower youth
in their organization will benefit through increased
morale and productivity, better products and services,
and a reliable, growing workforce that has the skills
and values to make your business successful into the
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the Help Empower YOuth message.
Place brochures in customer bags with receipts, print
the message on your store’s bag, and/or prominently
place a list of ways people can empower youth in a high
traffic area within your business.
all young people that they are important to your business.
Provide a kid-zone, with toys for toddlers and bulletin-board
and books for older kids. Ask young people how your
business might better serve their needs, in terms of
products, services, jobs and internships.
Offer internships for
young people. Help a young person build
skills and gain knowledge that will help them complete
their education and lead them into a successful future.
Internships should provide concrete learning opportunities,
with plenty of guidance and, if applicable, a professional
reference to help them gain future employment opportunities
Employ teenagers, if
possible, and treat them as you treat your adult employees.
Establish and communicate clear guidelines and expectations
for professional behavior. Encourage them to do their
best and to feel free to ask questions. Celebrate their
accomplishments. Teach them new skills and provide consistent,
Encourage your employees
to mentor young people. Partner with
a mentoring organization like Big Brother, Big Sister,
a child-care center or a school. Allow employees to
take one hour of paid time each week in which to mentor
a young person, read to a group of pre-schoolers or
tutor students in subjects related to his/her job. Create
a ‘Mentor of the Month’ employee reward
program based on their commitment to asset-building
Collaborate with other
organizations in the community on behalf
of young people. Work with youth-serving organizations
and provide whatever resources you can to support their
efforts. Partner with other businesses to incorporate
Provide flexible scheduling
that enables employees to take their children to the
doctor, attend child conferences and special events.
Use advertising space
to celebrate children, youth and principles of Help