In March 2011, NYEC conducted a full day professional development workshop in Atlanta titled "Working With Youth in Workforce Development: An Overview of Competencies and Tools." The workshop was delivered by GeMar Neloms, NYEC's Director of Professional Development and was designed for staff representing four Goodwill Industries International (GII) agencies in the state of Georgia: Goodwill of North Georgia, Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers and Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire. Each of these agencies combined, serve over 130 counties in Georgia. They are also part of Goodwill's Buena Vida Initiative, an initiative created to expand employment services, youth development services and financial education to the growing Hispanic/Latino population in Georgia. To support the goals of the Buena Vida Initiative the workshop focused on general approaches and strategies for working with youth served by the agencies, particularly those who may be unskilled or undereducated. The group also covered strategies for successfully engaging community and agency stakeholders such as parents and employers who may have an impact on Goodwill's workforce and youth development services. Maria Naranjo, Program Manager for the Buena Vida Initiative was pleased with the workshop and positive feedback provided by participants after the training. According to Ms. Naranjo, "Participants walked away equipped with [many] of the resources needed to fully execute comprehensive youth employment services in their communities."
For additional information on NYEC's professional development work contact GeMar Neloms at (202) 659-1064.