We’re looking for more examples of programs to connect rural youth to local jobs.
Twitter friend Jenise Cook asked:
I’m wondering if you and your rural small biz network might have some experience helping students/young people find work in their area, so that they don’t have to leave their towns to go live in huge metropolitan areas. I’ve just begun volunteering with a group that wants our local businesses to partner with our local school district. We have ideas to implement, but I’d love to know who is also doing this, so we can learn from each other. And, so we don’t “reinvent the wheel”. :-) Thank you in advance for any information on the above you might have.
|Get kids hands-on with local jobs.
We have a few stories on this kind of thing. One small town did a blue collar career fair, and every small town should start one. Lots of blue collar jobs go unfilled in nearly every rural community.
Another larger town set up a project to connect local students to local employers, so they see opportunities before they just leave.
Do you know of other examples of small towns connecting their youth with local work opportunities?
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