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 Effective Education

Marketable skills enable young people to prepare for employment in the 21st century. Young people must master basic academic and analytical skills, learn workplace etiquette, and know how to use technology, such as computers and the Internet. America's Promise partners help youth develop these essential career skills.

Employers increasingly need workers who can think, learn new skills rapidly, work in teams, and solve problems creatively. Yet too few youth, whether college bound or not, have these qualities. In many cases, even basic work skills are lacking.

Making a successful transition from school to work is a critical milestone in the youth development journey. Yet significant shifts in both the workplace and the skills workers need today make it increasingly more difficult for young people to make this transition successfully.

There are many important qualities, skills and competencies that young people need to become successful and productive workers. Among these are:

  • A foundation in basic skills, such as reading, writing, mathematics, science, technology and communication.

  • Thinking skills, such as creativity, decision making, problem solving, and reasoning.

  • Personal attitudes and qualities, such as integrity, responsibility, and self-motivation.

Particular supports are needed to enhance skills and readiness for work. These include school reform efforts (to ensure that students are engaged in relevant, challenging, and interesting learning), and education about economics and business, internships, work-study, vocational and career counseling, and on-the-job experience that exposes students to career opportunities and job skills. Such efforts prepare young people to be valuable workers throughout their lives.

Young volunteers have higher self-esteem, perform better in school, build leadership skills, and learn how to solve community problems. America's Promise partners are providing numerous opportunities for youth to help their communities.





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Research shows that if the Five Promises, as defined by America's Promise, are consistently fulfilled, they can significantly advance the health and well being of the next generation -- increasing the chances of youth becoming successful adults.