“Our State, Our Work” and Activating Youth Employment
This experiential learning course involves students who have signed up to work with the “Our State, Our Work” program and the selected community collaborative teams. Throughout the semester, students will assist program managers as they develop projects supporting “Opportunity Youth” at 13 sites across North Carolina. This is a population of young adults ages 16 to 24 who are not enrolled in school and not working full or part-time.
In practical terms, course participants will provide assistance to the collaborative teams in such areas as fact-finding efforts, connecting county projects to UNC’s on-campus knowledge and resources, and facilitating cross-project information sharing, and be available for other support depending on project needs.
Academically, the course provides a way to learn more about the issues of youth employment, young adult aspirations, and post-covid cultures of work, learning and careers and to put various research skills to use. Guided by faculty who are experienced in engaged research, students will learn how to adapt social science methods to align with community purposes. In addition, the course will provide opportunities for students to reflect on their work and offer strategies to students for translating their skills and experience for their next career steps.