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DOL Launches ‘I Am The Future’ Campaign at Impactful Youth Town Hall

Two young people who are part of the “I Am The Future” Campaign (Submitted photo)

The Youth and Apprenticeship team at the V.I. Department of Labor, in conjunction with the Governor’s Millennial Council, hosted an impactful “I Am The Future” Town Hall on Tuesday, April 5, at Antilles’ Prior Jollek Hall on St. Thomas. The town hall was also streamed live on the Government House – U.S. Virgin Islands Facebook page.

The team was joined by Lt. Gov. Tregenza Roach Esq., chairman Michael Carty of the VI Workforce Development Board; DOL Commissioner Gary Molloy; Khalarni Rivers, president of the Governor’s Millennial Council; and former participants in youth programs.

The distinguished panelists encouraged youth to engage in all available opportunities to shape their future, whether it be through furthering their education or engaging in a specific trade and working after high school graduation. Commissioner  Molloy, said “It is always a pleasure to share current and upcoming programs designed for the youth of the territory to gain impactful workforce experiences.”

Pumpa also kept the energy high and delivered powerful and positive messages through his performances.

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“The I Am The Future” Youth Town Hall was definitely one of the more interactive panel discussions I’ve had the pleasure of being part of. I am excited to help create more events and conversations like these that spotlight opportunities for young Virgin Islanders,” said Khalarni Rivers.

The campaign is designed to engage the youth of the territory with the message that being prepared for your future and the collective future of the territory is a responsibility and a commitment that everyone needs to actively participate in. A wide range of DOL youth services and programs are available to assist youth in increasing the necessary tools needed to succeed in the workplace.

The Department of Labor (DOL) Youth Services develops and administers workforce development programs that provide for youth ages 14 to 25. Youth services provides year-round training, employment and educational opportunities for in and out of school youth.

These programs are designed to help young people of the community access opportunities to explore career pathways, increase skills, utilize work-based training to “earn while you learn,” as well as obtain industry recognized credentials and employment in demand occupations.

Services include:

  • Job Preparation Skills and Resume Building
  • Job Search Assistance and Career Counseling
  • Paid/Unpaid Work Experience
  • Training Opportunities
  • Labor Market and Employment Information
  • Apprenticeship Opportunities
  • Leadership Development Activities
  • Financial Literacy Education
  • Supportive Services

To find more information about available programs and services, visit www.vidol.gov/youth, contact the Department of Labor at 773-1994 ext. 2202 or email Kevin Dixon, Ph.D., at Kevin.Dixon@dol.vi.gov.

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