Who assists students on their journey to and through college and career, and how can they work together to build better systems of support?
Employers & Community-based Organizations
Community-based organizations (CBOs) provide a range of supports in out-of-school settings, while employers create the demand for labor and set credentialing requirements. Both are overwhelmed by needs in their communities and bracing for an uncertain economic future, which may impact their ability to hire, offer support, or grow.
“When we develop strategies and community-facing supports, they need to be more modular so families and students can come into that conversation where they are at.” —Leader, intermediary organization, Bay Area
- Complexity and time intensiveness of providing tailored resources; as a result, many supports are generic instead of being adjusted to students in different situations.
- Uniformity of employer policies’ standards or expectations (e.g., all employees must work a certain threshold of hours every week).
- Help students navigate information overload by curating resources where possible.
- Connect students to peers or other resources where possible to clear pathways forward.
- Practice "grace," allowing students to make mistakes or ask for help (e.g., flexible paid time off, child care subsidies).
- Communicate workforce needs to secondary and postsecondary institutions.
- Provide meaningful work opportunities for young people to explore their fields of study.