ASCC teens need your help to establish happy, productive lives.
A good relationship with your boss and co-workers can make for a healthy career. However, this is not always easy.
As a matter of fact it can be very difficult at times. Knowing how to demonstrate good behaviors and how to get
along with coworkers takes effort and consideration. Violence in the workplace is a serious safety and health issue.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), there were 564 workplace
homicides in 2005 in the United States, out of a total of 5,702 fatal work injuries.
Acceptance of direction in the workplace, time management and how to follow the chain of command when conflict
arises are all key areas that are essential for every employee to understand; especially the youth in the foster
care system who have not had the role models to establish these values.
Job hunting for teens can be a challenging, often overwhelming, task. Most teens seeking that first paid job are
completely unprepared and have no idea of where to start in the process. They have no idea of how to create a resume
or fill out a job application, how to act or what to say in a job interview, or even how to dress for success. Often
this causes them to fail before they even have a chance to get their foot in the door. In fact, many first time job
seekers discontinue their job search early on out of frustration and low self esteem.
How ASCC Makes a Difference
We work with the youth from the application process, preparing and holding mock interviews, to assisting them with job
placement. We show them what the expectations are from an employer and the roles of a supervisor, as well as how to
ask supervisors for help and growth potential. The youth must also understand that they have a role and responsibility
as an employee to the employer.
Employers who hire teens recognize that they lack the experience and skills of more mature applicants. They,
therefore, tend to focus on certain qualities that they feel will make a teen a good employee. Our youth will
learn that before hitting the pavement looking for their first job with salary, they need to know what those
qualities are which include (1) Well groomed and professionally dressed: employers want to hire those who know
how to dress appropriately. An employer typically starts forming an opinion on a person based on what they see.
A poor first impression is irreversible! (2) Reliability in teen applicants is important to employers. Being a
dependable employee makes that person an asset, being undependable makes them a liability. (3) Punctuality: Since
teens do not have the experience of those who have worked before they often don’t realize just how important
punctuality is. This module will spend some time with the youth understanding discrimination and harassment
in the workplace which can protect them from unnecessary documentation or termination of employment.
For more information on the Work Life Program or any other ASCC Program, please contact us at 615-283-3013
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