City of Milwaukee Earn & Learn Luncheon: An Investment in Tomorrow's YouthFall 2011
In May, members of Milwaukee's legal community gathered for a luncheon at the Milwaukee Bar Association office to learn more about the City of Milwaukee's "Earn & Learn" program. The luncheon was organized by Godfrey & Kahn, which has participated in the Earn & Learn program since 2005.
Earn & Learn helps young people between the ages of 14 and 21 make a successful transition to adulthood by providing opportunities to develop work-readiness skills while earning wages. Earn & Learn employers include private sector businesses and government, community and faith-based organizations. A partnership between the City of Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board and employers, the Earn & Learn program strives to match qualified youths with jobs they will enjoy and learn from.
Mayor Tom Barrett kicked off the lunch with reflections on the importance of the Earn & Learn program and the long-term benefits it has for our community. Bill Malone, the City of Milwaukee Youth Development Coordinator, also shared his experiences and informed attendees about hiring specifics. Students are pre-screened, have previous work experience and/or have successfully completed a work-readiness skills program. Each employer chooses the student(s) it hires, using their own selection criteria.
In Godfrey & Kahn's experience, Earn & Learn students have been qualified, highly-motivated and capable. Student workers have performed a variety of work assignments that have contributed positively to the firm's business and the program offers a great opportunity for students to learn about the many aspects of the legal services profession. Godfrey & Kahn has employed two Earn & Learn youths each summer since 2005. A number of Earn & Learn employees have returned for consecutive summers or during Christmas vacation and have explored different departments within the firm.
Earn & Learn is truly a beneficial situation for all involved.