Randstad and ymca team to help teens lay a foundation for career success
back to overviewMulti-cultural achievers program exposes teens to the world of work
ATLANTA, 07.21.08 – Randstad US, a leading workforce solutions provider, and YMCA of the USA today announced a new national program to provide teens with career mentoring and workforce development skills that will enable long-term career success. The initiative, called the Multi-Cultural Achievers program, builds on the YMCA’s current Achievers programs, and is designed to motivate teens to achieve their higher educational goals and prepare them for successful entry into the workforce.
At the center of this work-readiness initiative is localized collaboration between a Randstad branch and a neighboring YMCA. The two organizations will work together to provide career-related mentoring and support services that meet the specific needs of teens in each local community. In its first year, the program will support nearly 10,000 teens in 275 communities throughout the United States.
“As part of Randstad’s mission to pair the right people with the right jobs, our partnership with YMCA is a synergistic match,” said Eric Buntin, managing director, marketing and operations for Randstad USA. “By pairing local Randstad branches, which have the workplace tools and expertise, with local YMCAs which have deep community connections, we are able to create community-specific work-readiness support. Partnering with a leading social service organization like YMCA that is helping people realize their career goals is another way we encourage good ‘employership’ in local communities.”
Teens at participating YMCAs can take advantage of the Multi-Cultural Achievers program to learn about a variety of industries, work environments and specific job positions, as well as educational requirements and skills needed for future employment. As part of the initiative, Randstad branches across the country and YMCAs will organize World of Work Tours for program participants to visit various corporations during business hours. Tours will allow teens to experience the workplace first-hand and meet with professionals to learn about their jobs and how they prepared themselves through education, work experience and career planning.
Critical to the program’s success will be the volunteerism of Randstad employees, as well as partnerships with local businesses that host teens during World of Work Tours. Randstad will connect with clients and build on YMCAs’ existing partnerships with local businesses to enable more companies to get involved. In addition, Randstad will provide a variety of workforce development seminars on topics such as resume writing, interview techniques and networking skills.
“The exciting new partnership with Randstad will enable us to reach more teens in the YMCA network and provide new training opportunities,” said Gayle Brock, National Black Achievers director, YMCA of the USA. “It is the goal of both Randstad and the YMCA that this will be the beginning of a long-standing relationship focused on continually improving career preparedness programs and opportunities for years to come.”
Randstad and YMCA have a long-standing commitment to assist teens nationwide with work-readiness and job skills that will enable long-term career success. The Multi-Cultural Achievers program is the first initiative that Randstad and the YMCA are rolling out together in local communities.
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Becca Brett Leish