Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

First Jobs Academy Curriculum Development

This supported summer youth employment program provided first-time and transitional employment opportunities to youth in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, homeless youth, and youth with disabilities using the natural supports available in the workplace to ensure youth were successful in their jobs.

First Jobs piloted two training tracks to prepare stakeholders for their roles in the program - the Mentor Leadership training for employers and the Vocational and Life Skills training for youth. Muskie facilitated a curriculum development process for each of the training tracks in collaboration with a group of community stakeholders, and synthesized the workgroup's process into a written product. The Annie E. Casey Foundation, the project's major funder, would like to replicate this model of youth employment in other New England sites and documenting the training curriculum is an essential component to ensuring replication with fidelity to the model.