Youth Employment Opportunity (YEO)
This summer, through The Department of Youth and Community Development’s Summer Youth Employment Program, BHSS recruited seventeen 14 and 15 year olds to serve as Career Journalists, and provided them an opportunity for our young people to earn money while they were introduced to and explored a world of potential careers.
During this seven-week program, their task was to profile and document a variety of careers and professionals on a blog, which would then be made accessible as a resource for other young people (Peer to peer learning).
Since most of the members were new to BHSS and to each other, our young people worked together in teams throughout the program and were incorporated into a series of bonding, team building and getting-to know-you activities. These young people grew and developed as writers, constantly editing their work, completing a news blog where they uploaded their finished writings and of course received a well-deserved celebration that included a Career Day with 12 professional speakers who attended to discuss their experiences and share what they had learned.
Many companies and organizations are apprehensive to employ youth so young during the summer due to assumptions that young teens are either too irresponsible, not motivated enough and/or turn out to be more work then help. At Bro/Sis we challenge these notions and hold our members to a higher standard.
of Bro/Sis alumni have graduated from high school or earned a GED
“I believe so deeply in the life-saving work that The Brotherhood/Sister Sol is dedicated to: values and skills building that empower young people and keep them on course; helping young people to see and develop the extraordinary within themselves; ensuring their safe passage to adulthood. It is surely one of the most incredible organizations in the nation. Their work is catalytic! Their leadership, their services and outcomes are without peer. Simply put, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol does the work that few others will or even know how to do…. They have answered the call to repair the village, to secure the children. It’s our responsibility to ensure they have all they need to do God’s work.”
“[The Brotherhood/Sister Sol] is using their passion to uplift and inspire a next generation through extraordinary work that creates leaders and a sanctuary for children…. where their members can develop a higher vision of themselves.”