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Connecting Leading Edge Talent Development Strategies with Opportunity Youth (2016)

Project Details

Co-Learning Plan - 2016

Author: Steve Bennett, Humanity 2.0

Summary

Opportunity Youth, or individuals aged 16-24 who are disconnected from both mainstream employment and a formal education setting, face obstacles that exceed the traditional dynamics associated with unemployment. In this Co-Learning Plan, the author examined the intersection of Evidence-Based Selection Processes (EBSP) with the Opportunity Youth. When done right, EBSP can help improve key metrics that all employers care about, including time-to-hire, retention, productivity, and diversity metrics. EBSP also helps reduce both overt and covert bias that is built into human resource processes by relying on more objective analysis for hiring decisions. The final product was written as a handbook to align young untapped talent with current existing job openings as a means to drive local economic development.

Author

Steve BennettSteve Bennett, Humanity 2.0

Steve is the founder of Humanity 2.0, a non-profit boutique firm based in Washington, D.C., and serves as its principal strategist in addition to chairperson of the Board of Directors. He has nearly 15 years of experience in the higher education, workforce development, and economic development arenas. Steve’s work is primarily focused with both private employers and national non-profit organizations, including the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, based in Michigan, and Hope Street Group, based in California. He holds an MA in higher, adult, and lifelong education (HALE) from Michigan State University and is now a doctoral student in Human & Organizational Learning (HOL) at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.