Cordell Pegg – Voices for Youth
Person the job training programsal Comment
Before these programs can be deemed a failure there must be evidence to prove it. In Mr. Bovards’ article there are no statistics to prove they are. Mr. Bovards’ claim that they are is clearly a onesided opinion. He forges his claim on his opinion that those who participate in the program earn less than those who don’t. This is irrevelevant when the purpose of the program is to educate and train youths who have never been workforce to give them a better chance of finding a job against others who are older and far more experinced. In his article he states that these programs have been unsuccessful over the past 50 years when this is clearly the cause of failure to keep records of progress. He argues that the the purpose of these programs is for bureaucratic convience which completely demoralizes the integrity of hich these programs are based on. He puts the blame on the youth while bing ignorant of the team effort it takes to complete the training of a youth. The program offers the opportunity, the youth takes advantage of it, and the worksite superviser trains the youth at no monetary cost to their business. Youths like myself are proof that these programs work. I attained my first job through the job training program offered by the California Family Life Center. I am proud to say that that opportunity gave me the chance I needed to enter the workforce.