This survey was created to guide you through a review of your company’s resources, culture, and readiness for engagement with opportunity youth.
The survey results will suggest one of the three lanes of engagement described in this toolkit: Soft Skills, Work Ready Skills, and Learn & Earn (see diagram below). This survey is not meant to be prescriptive, and each company ultimately knows best what kind of activities match its unique resources, expertise, and level of interest. The main purpose of this survey is to help you get started. While it will point you to a suggested path forward, it is up to you to choose the lane of engagement that is the best fit for your company.
There are three key ways for employers to provide opportunity youth with the skills needed for employment and adulthood:
Soft Skills Development
Provide youth with work-ready soft skills via coure word and/or direct work experience
- Soft skills workshops
- Employee mentors
Work Ready Skills Development
Provide youth with insight into the world of work to prepare them for employment
- Job shadow days
- Career exploration guidance
Learn & Earn Programs
Enable youth to develop on-the-job skills in a learning environment while receiving compensation for their work
- Paid internships
- Permanent positions that provide on-the-job training or allow for continued learning and development
To begin, take the survey. Write down your answer for each question in the scoring sheet that follows, then add up your total to get your final score. The scoring system for this survey uses information from other companies currently offering various types of programs for youth. They told us about the key attributes and resources that they are currently leveraging to be able to offer their programs.
We recommend that you ask two or three colleagues to take this survey, too. Then, review your scores together. Where did you agree? What did you answer differently? You can use your average score to interpret your result.