Nonprofit organization offers job training for rural youth in Berks and surrounding areas
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Nonprofit organization offers job training for rural youth in Berks and surrounding areas

Junior Achievement of Southeastern Pennsylvania launches new workforce coaching program for rural youth. (Courtesy of Junior Achievement of Southeastern Pennsylvania)

Junior Achievement of Southeastern Pennsylvania accepts young applicants from rural, underserved communities in Berks County and beyond to participate in its career counseling program.

The nonprofit said people aged 16-21 who face barriers to education or employment are encouraged to take part in the JA Workforce Coaching programme.

The programme will include career preparation learning, including interpersonal skill development, career path exploration, work-based learning opportunities and experiences such as summer jobs and internships.

Participants will take part in a 12-week professional development program that will culminate in work experience and employment.

“It’s exciting to see JA Workforce Coaching become a reality,” said Stephanie Gambone, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Southeastern PA. “JA SEPA’s strong content and programs (including financial literacy and career readiness) have proven valuable to our young people, and now we can expand them to even more young people across the region.”

Some of the skills include:

• Self-knowledge and self-confidence.

• Transferable skills.

• Portfolio showing job search opportunities.

• Personal career goals and action plan.

• Access to SmartResume (credential-based CV).

• Support in creating a professional online presence.

• Access to coaching, industry qualifications and training programmes

Young people who would like to participate in the JA Workforce Coaching program should live in a rural area or any area in southeastern Pennsylvania, excluding Philadelphia, Allentown, Amity, Bethlehem, Birdsboro, East Greenville, Huntington Valley, Kutztown, Oxford, Pennsburg, Reading, and Slatington.

The program is funded by a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Interested individuals can visit https://southeasternpa.ja.org/participant/opportunity/get-coached-ja-sepa to register and learn more. For questions, contact Sierra Hill-Akers at [email protected].

Junior Achievement is a national nonprofit organization operating in over 100 areas nationwide, including southeastern Pennsylvania. It reaches over 4.8 million students annually.

JA classes are led by volunteers in inner cities, suburbs, and rural areas in all 50 states.