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Today is National Youth Confidence Day, a day to celebrate the confidence of young people everywhere. Providing positive role models is necessary to developing young adults who are responsible and confident, which is why it’s worthwhile to connect and inspire young people today.

Confident Girl Mentoring Program, Inc., a nonprofit organization, founded National Youth Confidence Day to encourage a strong foundation of positive relationships to mentor today’s youth and acknowledge their future accomplishments.

How can we celebrate National Youth Confidence Day? Offer encouragement to young people and remind them that their experiences are learning opportunities to help them achieve their goals. Listen to their stories and celebrate their successes.

Here in Austin, we’re helping young people transition from high school to post-secondary education, training or employment with the Youth Employment Partnership. Workforce Solutions Capital Area funds this program, and four community partners participate: American YouthWorks, Community in Schools, Goodwill Central Texas, and LifeWorks.

Young people in Austin live in one of the fastest growing areas in the country. With so many career opportunities to explore, we’re assisting youth with a variety of resources to help prepare for the future, including a series of industry and occupational career profiles that contain information on growth projections, salary expectations, and education/skill requirements.

For students with disabilities, aged 16 -22, the Summer Earn and Learn (SEAL) program provides work readiness training and paid work experience. SEAL is a statewide strategy that includes employability skills training and paid work experience for students with disabilities. Here in Austin, Colton Head participated in SEAL in 2017 and gained confidence through his work experience. Read Colton’s story.

Do you have something in mind to make National Youth Confidence Day special? Tell us in a comment below!

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