On Monday, April 18 and Tuesday, April 19, Brotherhood Crusade and LeadersUp will host four two-hour orientations (10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM each day) to connect Opportunity Youth to employment pathways. Interventions, like the Brotherhood Crusade Jr. Executive Preparatory Training Program, which focus on getting opportunity youth ready for work, have grown in scale.
Yet there are 3.4 million job vacancies in the U. S., two-thirds of employers report difficulty in filling job vacancies due to unsuitable work habits (referred to herein as power skills, which have been commonly referred to as ‘soft skills’) and insufficient experience. This presents a challenge. Not only will Millennials make up more than 50% of the U. S. workforce by 2020,  but these limitations are most prevalent in marginalized, highly-urbanized communities that are already struggling with issues of unemployment, under-employment, low academic attainment and an acceptance of street socialization.
Accordingly, Brotherhood Crusade and LeadersUp make investments that promote core values of connection, innovation and amplification. Both strive to build a community of stakeholders that lead up by example. Serving as a conduit by which the 21st century talent needs of businesses and the untapped potential of the future workforce can be connected to yield economic and social benefits, Brotherhood Crusade and LeadersUp will:
• Engage businesses to connect youth to employment pathways
• Amplify examples of business leadership and community impact
• Develop tools to scale what works.
Initially, Brotherhood Crusade will host two one-day orientations to introduce the LeadersUp program and several other Summer Internship opportunities. The orientations will be held Monday, April 18, 2016 and Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 10am-1pm for out-of-school youth and 4pm-6pm for current high school juniors. Both orientations will be conducted at the Brotherhood Crusade YouthSoure Center located at 4401 Crenshaw Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90043. At this time, 16-24 year old camera-ready youth and young adults will be enrolled into Brotherhood Crusade’s intensive 40-hour Jr. Executive Preparatory Training Program, which will take place April 20th – May 26th of 2016 at the Brotherhood Crusade YouthSource Center. Youth graduating from the program will be invited to interview with several employers for full- and part-time positions the week of May 26, 2016. Successful interview candidates will be hired on the spot, placed into employment and potentially tracked on a management training course. All exceptional candidates who are eventually hired through the Brotherhood Crusade LeadersUp program and meet established criteria will be offered a full-ride scholarship to Arizona State University with no obligation to continue employment with Starbucks after receipt of their degree.