Employers say many new employees lack basic skills to be productive in the workforce. Lack of available workers challenge the economic viability of families, businesses, and communities across Illinois. Some youth lack knowledge of preparing a personal budget and managing personal income to pay monthly bills. Others may not understand how career and educational choices affect salaries. 4-H programs build awareness of careers and skills needed to excel. 4-H youth gained an understanding of the financial processes which help them better manage their funds. 4-H youth now understand the role education plays in potential career goals.

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Ready4Work is a workforce readiness program that teaches life skills necessary to increase the number of qualified applicants for the workforce in… Learn More
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WTTRW is designed as a series of learning activities that culminate in a simulation experience in which youth choose a post-graduation path and make… Learn More
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