Best Practices

Youth Employment Training

Juvenile Delinquency and violent juvenile crime continues to be a significant factor as the number of juvenile and felony referrals in Brevard continue to rise. Research indicates the availability of drugs; family conflict; family management and early persistent problem behavior show significantly elevated levels based on trends and comparison to state and national data. Yet, evidence also increasingly shows that communities can deter juvenile crime and violence by targeting key risk factors. Those risk factors may include truancy, school failure, teen pregnancy, access to weapons and drugs, lack of mentors, inadequate mental health and family counseling, not enough positive activities, and few job training opportunities. Some of the same strategies that can prevent delinquency from ever happening in a child’s life also can stop a juvenile offender from re-offending and recycling back into the delinquency system.

Career Readiness is the key to it all. Beginnings with the 4-week summer program “Y.E.T.P” teens learn how to write effective resumes and cover letters, fill out applications or other key documents and how to handle an interview. In addition, they're taught how to take responsibility in a job, respond to authority, and work as part of a team and set goals for the future.  Teens also learn to budget their earnings and open bank accounts.

Building on those basics, Career Information Workshops introduce students, who are going on to college and those who are not, to a broad range of career options. They provide exposure to the world of work through job shadowing, summer employment, technology workshops and other hands-on opportunities.

Inspiring Change  In  Our Communities  through Programs that Work!
Since 2003 more than 120 youths have successfully completed our Summer Employment Training Program, many of whom have either found employment or have gone on to college.


“At first, the training was just a way to get money for school clothes, but I actually started to appreciate what  was being taught. Mostly, I have learned how to set goals and to believe in myself”  
- Marke Jordan,  Rockledge High School-Junior

“After completing two years of training, Ms. Dee gave me an opportunity to work in the Weed and Seed Office designing flyers, putting together proposals and developing spreadsheets and agendas for  meetings.  Now, I’ve decided that I want to major in Business Administration and some day run an organization like Weed and Seed”
- David Weaver, Freshman Santa Fe Community College-Gainesville, Florida

“After completing my on-the- job training, my employer, Lewis Webb Allstate Insurance, gave me an opportunity to work after school.  After 3 years with Mr. Webb, I have discovered that a career selling Insurance may be right for me.”

- Aaron Black, Rockledge High School-Senior

“The training gave me the tools and the confidence I needed to get a job, which I have kept during summer and winter breaks since going away to college.”  
- Justin Williams,  Sophomore, Florida A&M University-Tallahassee, Florida

"The Weed and Seed Initiative has contributed to my future by helping me develop a positive attitude and to never to be a quitter. "
- Dexter Westbrooks,  Merritt Island High School - Senior

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