Are You Connected? Engaging Youth and Workforce Professionals Online

Posted by Margaret Lamb - On April 01, 2014 (EST)

In advance of the webinar, we'd like for you to share with us and your peers how you're using social media tools to engage youth in your program.

Type your thoughts into the "User Comments" section below (also, don't forget to register). You'll be able to connect with your colleagues and help inform the discussion for the live event!

Online tools and social media connect workforce professionals to resources and youth to the workforce system. Join the Employment and Training Administration's Division of Youth Services (DYS) and the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation (AAWDC) for the webinar, "Are You Connected? Engaging Youth and Workforce Professionals Online." Hear from DYS staff about media and online tools designed to assist professionals working with youth. AAWDC will share how they reach youth in their program by using social media outlets and online career tools. Participants will learn:
  • How to connect to workforce tools and resources
  • Creative ways to use social media, online tools and other websites to engage youth in workforce programs
  • Features of an online job search skills teaching tool developed by AAWDC


User Comments (53)
On April 03, 2014  Maisha Meminger said:
Share with us what Social Media tools you are using to engage youth in your program in the comment section- How are you using the tool? We really want to learn from the field!


On April 03, 2014  Ana Bremner said:
facebook


On April 03, 2014  Debra Cunningham said:
County webpage - Youth Employment Program page & facebook


On April 03, 2014  Ann Hasse said:
our state workforce does not permit Facebook, so I primarily text clients


On April 04, 2014  Ariel Nievas said:
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, via SMS, website


On April 04, 2014  Jennifer Harris said:
We currently are using Facebook


On April 04, 2014  Renee Hollis said:
Facebook, text, and website


On April 04, 2014  Diane Harris said:
Although I'm not allowed on Facebook on my work computer, I bring my I-Phone to work and I "friend" every youth that I register so that I can keep in constant touch with them. It has also been a very effective tool in discovering when youth have started post-secondary school or secured a job. Facebook has made my work so much more effective. Even if a youth's parents phone or his/her own phone is disconnected, I can seem to always connect with him/her on Facebook. I love technology!!!


On April 04, 2014  Debra LaRocca said:
Just begining to use facebook


On April 04, 2014  Lauren Morris said:
We use Facebook and Twitter, and have recently added a "Youth Employment" section to our website. The website has information about our youth programs for GED, internship, and employment. On social media, we post job listings, upcoming events, and articles with helpful tips for finding, getting, and keeping a job.


On April 04, 2014  Abbie Cooper said:
Some forms of social media that I use to connect with our youths are text messages, emails and the website. I use (my phone) to Facebook when a youth Cannot-Be- Located especially during Follow-up process.


On April 04, 2014  Abbie Cooper said:
Some forms of social media that I use to connect with our youths are text messages, emails and the website. I use (my phone) to Facebook when a youth Cannot-Be- Located especially during Follow-up process.


On April 04, 2014  Loree Alrawhani said:
Facebook


On April 04, 2014  Loree Alrawhani said:
Facebook


On April 04, 2014  Paige Vanderhyden said:
Facebook and Twitter


On April 04, 2014  Paige Vanderhyden said:
Facebook and Twitter


On April 04, 2014  Vicki Leech said:
Website and text. Working on a new social media blast for the youth program and hope to get some great ideas from this webinar.


On April 04, 2014  Ronda Ricks said:
Facebook.


On April 04, 2014  Ronda Ricks said:
Facebook


On April 04, 2014  Maureen Parenta said:
We are presently using our own website but I would like to explore how to produce brief informational videos to post on I-Tunes or other sites - to reach young people where they already "live" online.


On April 04, 2014  Paul Mell said:
Facebook


On April 04, 2014  Wendy Harrison said:
Facebook and Pinterest.


On April 04, 2014  Wendy Harrison said:
Facebook and Pinterest.


On April 04, 2014  Angie Kay Evans said:
Text messages and facebook


On April 04, 2014  Scott Correa said:
We use Facebook and Twitter, and are in the process of developing a youth blog.


On April 07, 2014  Kerri Pruitt said:
We use Facebook, Twitter, Text messages, and a local youth radio station blog and their website.


On April 07, 2014  Kerri Pruitt said:
We use Facebook, Twitter, Text messages, and a local youth radio station blog and their website.


On April 07, 2014  Diane LeBlanc said:
We use Facebook, Twitter, and Reminder 101!


On April 07, 2014  Pamela Hardin said:
Thanks for the ideas. I am a new Workforce Services Specialist and am just hearing about this valuable resource after 7 months on the job serving 8 counties of 18 - 21 year olds. Any suggestions on assisting youth in mostly rural areas?


On April 07, 2014  Pamela Hardin said:
Thanks for the ideas. I am a new Workforce Services Specialist and am just hearing about this valuable resource after 7 months on the job serving 8 counties of 18 - 21 year olds. Any suggestions on assisting youth in mostly rural areas?


On April 07, 2014  Deborah Greene said:
We are interested in how voc rehab professionals can best communicate with their consumers, but also with each other to network and share tips and solutions in meeting employment challenges for their consumers. Because so many government and non-profit organizations' firewalls limit staff access to social media, we've tried traditional listservs but they have been less than effective as an interactive solution.


On April 07, 2014  Sidney Gilman said:
Condensed Curriculum works with colleges and high schools nationwide to offer nationally certified healthcare courses in the classroom and online. It's good to get certified in a field where there are jobs!


On April 07, 2014  Anita Whelan said:
Facebook and texting.


On April 07, 2014  Stephany Andrews said:
Facebook


On April 07, 2014  Jim Kreatschman said:
Transition page on DVR site


On April 07, 2014  Jim Kreatschman said:
Transition page on DVR site


On April 07, 2014  Michael Hunt said:
Facebook


On April 07, 2014  Michael Hunt said:
Facebook


On April 08, 2014  Jeannie Summers said:
Facebook! I friend each of my youth when enrolled, then I monitor them via Facebook. I don't make comments, like, or share with them. I just get updated info from their conversation with others that they make public. I will occasionally send them msgs via pm, but I try to use texting for that if possible.


On April 08, 2014  Missy Barcomb said:
Starting a new program for 9-12 graders. We will only have grade 9 for the first year and add each year. Right now we are building the website. I am considering a Facebook page. Moodle also. The students will have mentors from area businesses too and we plan to use skype or facetime for some of their meetings.


On April 08, 2014  Laurie Johnson said:
We have a facebook page, but haven't done much at all with it. I'm new to this job and want to learn how to make the most of social media.


On April 08, 2014  Lauren Baranco said:
We have a facebook page and use twitter--twitter automatically retweets job postings from other sites that we've identified have code words related to the jobs our participants may be qualified for. Our twitter feed also automatically reposts our facbeook posts. However, texting is most effective.


On April 09, 2014  Genesis Reyes said:
facebook, twitter, wordpress, College website (we are located on a college campus)


On April 10, 2014  Robert Benson said:
We currently utilize Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


On April 10, 2014  Vickie Jones said:
We have a facebook page and of course texting. I'm very interested in these other types of social media, that are posted on the comments as well. To stay engaged with this generational youth, social media is the way to go. However, texting seems to be more effective for me.


On April 10, 2014  Vickie Jones said:
We have a facebook page and of course texting. I'm very interested in these other types of social media, that are posted on the comments as well. To stay engaged with this generational youth, social media is the way to go. However, texting seems to be more effective for me.


On April 16, 2014  Kaylene Page said:
We use Facebook and Twitter. I love some of the ideas that others are using to contact youth. And I would like to know more about what everyone is posting on their pages and how to get youth to follow some of the social media sites such as Twitter, and Instagram. Also, I'm interested in learning what everyone is doing on their blog sites.


On April 21, 2014  Lauren Taylor said:
We have a Facebook Page but we want to start an alumni network for youth that have gone through our program. One potential complication is that staff have personal facebook accounts and do not link to our organization's page. Is is appropriate to ask youth to link to us, knowing that we will be able to see their personal information, and we want to continue to have a professional relationship with them?


On April 22, 2014  Heather Schaap said:
I use a facebook page with our youth program to keep connected to the youth and to keep the youth aware of job openings and other opportunities. I use the event funtion to notify and remind youth of upcoming trainings and events. I also use Survey Monkey through the facebook page to evaluate program strengths and weaknesses. I am in the process of setting up accounts for Twitter and Instagram to use with the youth as another way to keep connected.


On April 22, 2014  Michael Hunt said:
Facebook


On April 22, 2014  Coach Summer Job Hunt said:
we used facebook, twitter and a text message program called Remind 101 to send job notifications to youth. At our last job fair, we used live tweeting with a hashtag #YZGettinPaid and encouraged youth to take selfies and tell us when they got the job. Using Tagboard, we were able to follow our hashtag across different platforms https://tagboard.com/YZGettinPaid/163529 We issued cards with our hashtag and are encouraging youth to stay in touch with us!


On April 22, 2014  Coach Summer Job Hunt said:
we used facebook, twitter and a text message program called Remind 101 to send job notifications to youth. At our last job fair, we used live tweeting with a hashtag #YZGettinPaid and encouraged youth to take selfies and tell us when they got the job. Using Tagboard, we were able to follow our hashtag across different platforms https://tagboard.com/YZGettinPaid/163529 We issued cards with our hashtag and are encouraging youth to stay in touch with us!


On May 13, 2014  Valerie Minery said:
Facebook mostly...would like to get more involved in social media though.



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Start Date : 04/22/14 03:00PM ET

End Date : 04/22/14 04:30PM ET

Presenter : Heather Henry, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation
Shannon McGarry, Director of Youth Programs, Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation

Moderator : Maisha Meminger, Manpower Development Specialist, U.S. Department of Labor, Division of Youth Services



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