The LIFT Youth Employment Program is a coveted reward for those students who
complete the Life Management Guidance Course, pass both written and oral comprehension assessments,
and produce a life skills portfolio that includes a career plan. During the summer, youth workers
earn stipends while working approximately 25 hours per week for approximately nine weeks in jobs
that ideally offer work experiences closely related to their chosen career fields.
Prior to youth worker placements, prospective job sites are visited in order to perform safety
and overall worksite inspections to insure the safety and security of the youth. Companies assign
staff members to serve as the worksite supervisor for youth workers.
All worksite supervisors meet with YDI staff members to review program employment rules and
policies as well as Department of Labor Child Labor Laws and to sign a work site agreement.
Once youth begin work, YDI staff members routinely visit all work sites. Midway through the
work experience and at the end of the summer, YDI staff members arrange formal meetings with each
worksite supervisor and student worker(s) to complete a Work Progress Report. The report evaluates
and scores student workers in 10 key areas including: Punctuality, Attendance, Attitude/Behavior,
Personal Appearance, Following Instructions, Complete Tasks Effectively, Equipment Operation,
Responsiveness to Feedback, Interpersonal Skills, and Work Habits.