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Youth Know How Job Readiness Training

This skills development trainings prepares youth and young adults between the ages of 13 and 25 years of age for age-appropriate employment and internships. Developed in 2003 by Stacey Gurian-Sherman and a curriculum specialist, the 40-hour curriculum is interwoven with engaging instruction and interactive activities. Starting with career exploration the sessions continue through resumes, job searches, interviewing, and job responsibility. 

SET can deliver this training to a wide range of youth and adults.

SET can also provide the Facilitator Training

to develop internal organizational capacity

so your staff, board or volunteers can to deliver the trainings.

Career PowerPoint Presentation

Youth research a career of their choice. They discover the value of staying in school, and obtaining higher education or further training for rewarding careers.

  • 3 keys to a happy career
  • Career description
  • Earnings & salary
  • High school education
  • Higher education & training
  • Professional certificates
  • Bibliography, plagiarism & copyright
  • Evaluation

Text Portraits: Creating Resumes

Youth learn that a resume is a personal reflection, or “self-portrait” in words. They create useful one-page resumes to showcase their accomplishments and abilities to seek age-appropriate work.

  • Resume guidelines
  • What is work: internships, volunteering
  • Creative objectives
  • Education & training
  • Work & service experience
  • Activities & special accomplishments
  • Special skills & hobbies   

The Game Plan: Job Searches

The Job Search training teaches youth how to approach and find work that best matches their abilities and needs.

  • Skills and education required
  • Income and expenses
  • Personal and family needs

The Game Plan: Job Applications

The Job Application training shows youth how to fill out hard copy and electronic applications.

  • Look before you leap
  • Accurate information
  • Complete applications

Text Portraits: Cover Letters

Youth learn how to tailor cover letters so with resumes they can secure an interview to land a job.

  • Guidelines
  • Elements of a cover letter
  • Samples and template

Job Etiquette &Responsibility

Youth learn how to be successful in the workplace by understanding the importance of making correct workplace decisions.

  • Timeliness
  • Accountability
  • Attitude
  • Dress for success
  • Communications
  • Following rules
  • Being a team player


Youth learn how to make a positive presentation to prospective employers by understanding the importance of the “Three Cs,” communications, comfort, and confidence. Business professionals and community leaders serve as mock interviewers to provide valuable insights and feedback.

  • Preparing for the interview
  • What to bring
  • Anticipating questions
  • Telephone inquiries
  • Handling nerves
  • Dressing appropriately and comfortably

Mock Interviewing

Youth prepare for and go through practice interviews with real life and age-appropriate job scenarios with actual employers from their communities.

The Game Show

A fun quiz-show format gives youth the opportunity to test their job readiness training knowledge.

Youth Employment and Education Support (YES) Funds

SET can show organizations how to establish YES funds. Provided to youth after successfully completing their training, this funding supports employment and education, including:

  • Subsidized employment
  • Stipends for internships
  • Tuition
  • Training fees
  • Books and materials
  • Uniforms
  • Tools or computers

Facilitator Training

The Facilitator Training is designed for all persons who enjoy working with youth whether they are novices or old hands at delivering trainings. Facilitators learn how to tailor the curriculum to best match the needs of youth by age and maturity, interests, and academic abilities. A Facilitator Manual with all needed materials and worksheets is included with the Facilitator Training.

  • What makes a good facilitator
  • Meeting youth where they’re at
  • High expectations
  • Onsite preparation
  • Preparation & follow up for each session
  • Understanding goals, objectives & measures
  • Developing an appropriate training schedule
  • Expenses and materials
  • Proofreading,editing & critiquing
  • Integrating with mentoring, as well as arts and other life skills trainings
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