- To promote educational skills and advanced training
- To strengthen the educational goals of our school system by assisting students beyond high school
- To enter the workforce prepared on all levels from academic and occupational skills achievement to the attainment of a healthy work ethic
- To provide or “link” youth, ages 17-24, to educational and occupational opportunities they need to receive a secondary school diploma or equivalency diploma
- To prepare youth for today’s workforce by increasing access to education training and employment
- To prepare young adults graduating from high school to achieve economic self-sufficiency in order to meet employer needs while continuing to build life long skills
- To help young adults to gain appropriate hard (technical), soft (employment) and basic (academic) skills needed for workplace success
- To establish partnerships with employers and workforce partners
Services & Activities
- Career Pathway Assessments
- Textbook Fees
- Support Fees
- Training and course fees
- Technical and post-secondary campus tours
- Tuition Fees
- Guidance and career counseling with career assessments
- Assistance with FAFSA online forms for technical and post-secondary applications
- Labor market and employment information
- Job shadowing
- Job search assistance and resumes
- Paid and unpaid work experiences
- Occupational training and apprenticeships
- Adult mentoring and connections to community resources and programs
- Financial Literacy
- Equivalency Diploma and other test fees
- Summer employment opportunities
- Leadership opportunities, life skills and character education
- Youth advocacy
Youth must meet one of the following eligibility guidelines that address unique learning styles:
- Exceptional learner with an IEP at school or documentation provided by a licensed medical doctor
- Medical diagnosis which requires the youth to take medication on a regular or daily basis such as diabetes, asthma, ADD, ADHD, etc.
- Physical impairment which may or may not qualify the youth for SSI
- Currently in state custody and living in foster care placement with or without relatives.
- Financial status with household income that falls within state and federal sliding scale or currently has an EBT card.
- Documented McKinney-Vento status for school enrollment which means that the youth or youth’s family does not reside within a traditional setting, i.e. youth or youth’s family lives with relatives or friends; youth or youth’s family is temporarily displaced from their home, etc.
- School dropout
- Youth not attending school
- A youth pregnant or parenting
- Needs additional assistance to complete an educational or training program or to secure employment:
The individual has ACT, Compass or other standardized test scores utilitized by institutions of higher education to make acceptance and/or course placement decisions that are below for admittance to credit-bearing classes or programs of study.
The individual has no access to reliable personal transportation and/or is more than a mile from public transportation or the route to and from public transportation is in some way unsafe.
For out-of-school youth, the individual has no or irregular work history including, but not limited to long periods of unemployment, multiple jobs in a six-months period, and/or failure to hold a single job for three consecutive months or more.
The Staff at YouthLinks:
- Assist students ages 17-24 in exploring career options
- Identify and assess applicants and help create a Career Pathway after high school
- Work with each participant to encourage and guide them toward receiving educational attainment
- Work with each participant to prepare them for employment leading to self sufficiency
- Are committed to helping youth ages 17-24 in Wilson County and surrounding counties to encourage life-long learning and independence in today’s workplace
Questions for YouthLinks?
415 Harding Drive
Lebanon, TN 37087
Lisa Dickson, Director
Office: 615-453-3833, Ext. 2431
Rachael Lea Agnew, Career Specialist
Office: 615-453-3833, Ext. 2433
Lisa Baldwin, Financial Specialist
Office: 615-453-3833, Ext. 2434
Patrice Hynek, Career Specialist
Office: 615-453-3833, Ext. 2432