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July 5, 2019
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Businesses Are Struggling With A New Labor Problem: Fewer Teens Have Time For Summer Jobs

By Kate Rogers, CNBC, July 5, 2019 Janiya Hill is kicking off her second summer working at Pucker Lemonades & Beach Fries in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The 16-year-old is making $10.50 an hour — 50 cents an hour above the state’s new minimum wage — working the register and serving up cold drinks and […]

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June 27, 2019
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In The U.S., Teen Summer Jobs Aren’t What They Used To Be

By Drew Desilver, Pew Research Center, June 27, 2019 School’s out for summer, and U.S. teens are headed for … where, exactly? Probably not to a paying job, according to Pew Research Center’s latest analysis of federal employment data. As recently as two decades ago, roughly half of U.S. teens could expect to spend at […]

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April 25, 2019
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Orlando hotel industry must be powered by Orlandoans | Commentary

By Chip Rogers & Carol Dover, Guest Columnists, Orlando Sentinel As the first American city to surpass 70 million annual visitors, the city of Orlando has the opportunity to expand what has already been an impactful partnership and synergy between the hotel industry and opportunity youth. With hospitality and tourism bringing over $70 billion to […]

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March 28, 2019
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Hospitality Groups Join Forces to Provide Local Youth With Pathways to Success

ORLANDO, FL (March 28, 2019) – Today, the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF) and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) announced a grant commitment of $75,000 to help Orlando community-based organizations – Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and the Orlando After-School All-Stars – recruit individuals to join the […]

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March 6, 2019
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The Stigma of Choosing Trade School Over College

By Meg St-Esprit, The Atlantic, March 6, 2019 When college is held up as the one true path to success, parents—especially highly educated ones—might worry when their children opt for vocational school instead. Toren Reesman knew from a young age that he and his brothers were expected to attend college and obtain a high-level degree. […]

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January 9, 2019
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Apply Now: OJA Spring 2019 Class Scheduled to Begin in March

The Opportunity Jobs Academy (OJA) will begin its seventh class at Edgewater High School in March 2019. Students are encouraged to submit a completed application to the Front Desk Secretary by no later than Wednesday, January 16, 1:00 PM. If you should have any questions, please contact sierra.newhouse@cityoforlando.org. Download the application and apply before it […]

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October 12, 2018
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Local High School Students Attain Workforce Skills Through Opportunity Jobs Academy

ORLANDO, Fla. (October 12, 2018) – This week marked the beginning of the sixth class of the Opportunity Jobs Academy (OJA) at Edgewater High School. A community-based initiative of the Opportunity Jobs Foundation (OJF), OJA is an after-school program designed to introduce 16-18 year olds and other high school students to the skill sets they […]

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September 27, 2018
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Why Mentoring Matters, And How To Get Started

By Lizz Schumer, The New York Times, September 26, 2018 Professional mentorships used to be the workplace norm, but today they’re hard to find, even though they matter more than ever. Here’s how to find one, and how to get the most from it. My first desk had an inert hand grenade in one corner and […]

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August 17, 2018
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Youth Unemployment Hits A 50-year Low, But There’s A Catch

By Aimee Picchi, CBS, August 17, 2018 There’s a good news/bad news situation with youth unemployment. More young Americans — defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as people between the ages of 16 to 24 — are working this summer, pushing the unemployment rate for the group to a 52-year low. But there’s a […]

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August 9, 2018
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Brands See Advantages In Worker Education Benefits

By Ron Ruggless, Nation’s Restaurant News, August 9, 2018 Restaurant companies are increasingly reaping rewards from employee benefit programs such as tuition assistance and other educational advancement, leaders in such companies as McDonald’s Corp. and Chipotle Mexican Grill say. As companies look to increase employee retention rates in an increasingly tightening labor market, the educational […]

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