Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Children, Youth and Families

First Jobs Academy Work Readiness Training for Child Welfare Involved Youth: Trainer Guide


This curriculum focuses on mastery of knowledge, skills, and abilities related to work readiness in four main competency areas:<li><b>Communication:</b> Articulates thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively; demonstrates public speaking skills; writes work-related materials clearly and effectively.
<li><b>Critical Thinking & Problem-Solving:</b> Exercises sound reasoning and analytical thinking; uses knowledge, facts, and data to solve workplace problems.
<li><b>Professionalism:</b> Demonstrates personal accountability and effective work habits, such as punctuality, working productively with others toward a goal, and time and workload management.
<li><b>Teamwork & Collaboration:</b> Builds productive and professional working relationships with colleagues, supervisors, and customers; able to work with diverse teams; able to negotiate and manage conflict in the workplace.</li>

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August 1, 2010

MYTC 2014 Celebration

Colby Swettberg, May 2014, MYTC

Every year the Maine Youth Transition Collaborative brings together youth and adult partners from around Maine to celebrate the year's achievements and milestones.

MYTC’s fourth annual celebration dinner was held at the Brunswick Hotel and Tavern on May 13, 2014. Over seventy young adults, adult partners, professionals, legislators, adoptive families, and friends came together for an evening of fun, renewed connections, learning, and good food.

The importance of mentors in the lives of young people was the theme for the evening. The keynote speaker, Colby Swettberg, Executive Director of Adoption and Foster Care Mentoring in Boston, was introduced by Jacob Hills. Ms. Swettberg talked about what good mentor-mentee relationships look like for youth in foster care and led a discussion about best practices and challenges to bringing youth and mentors together.

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