Youth listening session planned

Staff report

Bell County UNITE, Crater of Hope and Berea College have teamed up to gather information about youth in the area. A listening session has been planned for Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. for anyone ages 14 to 24 who are disconnected from school or work.

Participants will fill out a demographics sheet and discuss the barriers from school and education to having a career or being a part of the workforce.

This opportunity is being funded through a 2015 Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization initiative (POWER+) Planning Grant which was awarded to Berea. Listening sessions are focused on the youth living in the Promise Zone areas throughout Kentucky.

By focusing on areas that are impacted by economic changes due to the decline of the coal industry, the initiative hopes to address ways to change the education and job climate in the area.

The information and data garnered from the listening sessions will benefit the ongoing work with local, state, regional and federal partner agencies to strengthen the steps from schooling to job.

Initiative leaders will be leading a discussion with participants to discuss the youth’s perspective on education, experiences in the community and facilitating positive learning environments.

To register, contact Jeannie Allen at 606-302-2178.

Food and a stipend will be available for anyone who participates.

Staff report

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