The end goal of our Youth League Apprenticeship (YLA) program graduates is to become role models in their communities, aspiring to be educators, entrepreneurs, and managers in the workforce.
The mission of Conscious Youth Solutions (CYS) is to bridge the gap between employers and young adults entering the workforce. CYS empower and connect millennials and underserved communities to advanced workforce training and career exploration beginning with the Youth League Apprenticeship Program (YLA).
According to the Sioux Falls Area Action Agenda, an extremely tight labor market is causing thousands of positions to remain unfilled, many of them are in lower-paying occupations with little skills. Fewer employment opportunities at the higher end of the skills spectrum have left many workers in situations where they are “underemployed” for their current positions.
Our future leaders will closely align with the changing ethnic demographics of our community. Participants of the Youth League Apprenticeship (YLA) program will navigate personal, professional, and career exploration desires and professional development.
They will enhance their entrepreneurial skills such as communication, marketing knowledge/strategies, developing and retaining quality employee traits. Additionally, our participants will learn networking techniques and key professional skills that make them more competitive in the workforce and equip them with necessary skills to be an asset to any company.
Upon completion of the program, YLA participants will become more conscious of employment skills such as professionalism, interview preparation, dress attire, teamwork, confidence, budgeting, and sales pitching to potential employers or partners. Retention of young and ethnic talent will improve the local job economy.
Our program offers mentorship opportunities for companies, businesses, and professionals and we are always looking for guest speakers. Businesses and companies will be able to interact with our Youth League Apprenticeship (YLA) graduates and will have access to a pool of talented potential employees and future leaders in various community groups.
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Our future leaders will closely align with the changing ethnic demographics of our community.