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Youth find it hard to get jobs without prior experience

Published On: Dec 04 2012 03:08:22 PM MST   Updated On: Dec 04 2012 05:31:42 PM MST

Public schools offer students a great way to advance their academics, but census research shows that they are not learning how to forge a successful career.

A report conducted by KIDS COUNT, a national effort to track the well being of America’s youth, indicates that 6.5 million young people in the nation are not in school or employment.

Thale Dillon, Director of Montana KIDS COUNT, suggests individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 need to find real life work experience in addition to their education.

“That can be in volunteer service, internships or any program, paid or unpaid, that gives them experience in a field that they can then use when applying for jobs after school.”

We did some research on programs this age group can take advantage of. These resources may help job seekers whether they have a high school diploma or not.

Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Jobs for Montana Graduates wsd.dli.mt.gov/jmg/jmg.asp

National Guard Youth Challenge www.ngycp.org/site/

Americorps in Montanaserve.mt.gov/americorps-in-montana

Montana-Utah Job Corpsmtutoa.jobcorps.gov/AboutJC/links.html