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Connecting Hard-to-Serve Populations with Jobs:
Breaking Down Barriers for Youth Unemployment

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Date:  Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016
Time:  2-3:15 p.m. CT | 3-4:15 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

During this Exploring Innovation in Community Development webinar series from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, we will explore workforce development programs that have successfully connected hard-to-serve individuals with good jobs that help them transition to stable, productive lives. Each webinar will present effective models and best practices that offer ex-offenders, disconnected youth and immigrant professionals the skills needed to obtain quality jobs with the possibility of career advancement.

This second webinar in the series, on Feb. 25, will feature presenters who will share emerging strategies to overcome unemployment hurdles faced by people between the ages of 16 and 24:

  • Brian Rauschenbach, youth apprenticeship consultant at Apprenticeship Carolina, will explain how youth apprenticeship models, which combine classroom-based vocational education, structured work-based training and paid work, help young people learn new occupational skills. This forward-focused program works to ensure a well-educated, well-trained workforce for a region’s continued competitiveness in attracting and retaining business and industry.
  • Angie Kamath, national executive director of social ventures and innovation at Per Scholas, will provide an overview of how that organization works to re-engage with disconnected youth through education and to advance career pathways through an employer-led model.
  • Elyse Rosenblum, a principal at Grads of Life—designed to transform employers’ perceptions of youth with atypical resumes—will provide an overview of Year Up, a training boot camp for some of the country’s most disadvantaged young people. The organization is helping hard-to-serve youth fill good jobs at Fortune 500 companies like JPMorgan Chase & Co., American Express and Facebook.

Participation in this webinar is free; however, registration is required. Register for this session at the Exploring Innovation in Community Development website.

For more information, please contact Faith Weekly at 502-568-9216 or

Mark your calendar now for the final webinar in this series:

  • March 30, 2016 — Connecting Hard-to-Serve Populations with Jobs: Successful Solutions for Skilled Immigrant Integration

Listen to the archived first session: