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September 26, 2019
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Disney and After-School All-Stars Level the Playing Field for Central Florida Youth Through Innovative Work Readiness Programs

By Tajiana Ancora Brown, Walt Disney World Resort, September 23, 2019 Walt Disney World Resort is the biggest cheerleader of local nonprofit youth organizations who are working to make a difference for Central Florida children – and Orlando After-School All-Stars is knocking it out of the park with their mission to prepare students for success! […]

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September 10, 2019
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Apply Now: OJA Fall 2019 Class Scheduled to Begin in September

The Opportunity Jobs Academy (OJA) will begin its ninth class at Edgewater High School and inaugural class at Jones High School in September 2019. The OJA program showcases workplace skills, real-world education and hands-on mentoring to guide students towards fulfilling careers and financial independence. The current curriculum is produced in partnership with the American Hotel […]

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August 5, 2019
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Youth Employment Is Still Declining. How Summer Jobs Programs Can Help.

By Alicia Sasser Modestino, FORTUNE, August 3, 2019 The U.S. is currently experiencing its longest stretch of continuous monthly job creation and the lowest unemployment rate (3.7%) in 50 years. And while a tight labor market often improves job prospects for typically hard-to-employ groups with fewer skills and less experience, the rate of teen employment […]

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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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