Agency Seeking Out Of Work Youth

May 8, 2014


A local agency is looking to speak to Northwoods young people who are out of the workforce and looking for a career.

Serena Adler is Workforce Investment Act Youth Team Leader for Forward Service Corporation. They help young people ages 14 to 21 find work. But she says they're having a hard time locating certain young job seekers....

"....out of school youth would either mean a high school dropout, or a high school graduate who is not in the workforce or not going to post-secondary education. That means they probably need help and our program can help steer them in the right direction....."

That help includes improving employability skills or helping them choose what career they should explore. Adler says often those young people don't know where to start...

".....perhaps him or her are just sitting around thinking,'what am I going to do? I'm out of school, all my other friends are out of school or in college, how do I start that process? How do I get into the workforce? How do I find out what is right for me?'...."

Adler says this is the first year they have had a hard time finding this group. She says it might be that the economy has improved and they have found jobs, or it could be they don't know where to find help.

The program has been active here since 2000 from the Northern Advantage Job Center in downtown Rhinelander or the Marathon County Job Center on Grand Avenue in Wausau. Adler works with young people between the ages of 14 and 21. They service Oneida, Lincoln, Langlade, Forest, Vilas and Marathon counties.

More information is available at Forward Service Corporation in Rhinelander.