Implosion Imminent: Youth Employment

A 16-year-old girl is arrested for shoplifting. A 17 year boy is arrested for selling drugs at school. Most of us hear statistics like that, and just shake our heads at the poor choices young people today make just to have some fun. But what if it was survival, and not fun? What if they felt they had no other choice? Across the globe, youth unemployment has become an epidemic. As people around the world continue to feel the impact of economic issues, and cling to any job they can get, the youth that would normally fill entry-level positions have fewer and fewer options for employment.

As noted by the Global Agenda Council on Youth Unemployment 2013, there are 1.2 billion youth in the world aged 15 to 24. They comprise 17% of the world’s population and 40% of the world’s unemployed. In 2010, 357.7 million youth were not in education, employment or training (NEET), and the number is increasing.  Jeffrey A. Joerres, chief executive officer of Manpower (MAN), a temporary-services firm with offices in 82 countries and territories, adds, “Youth unemployment will clearly be the epidemic of this next decade unless we get on it right away. You can’t throw in the towel on this.”

While most of us don’t consider youth unemployment to be a major social issue, Peter Coy of Bloomberg Business Week talks about the potential impacts of this global epidemic, saying “But the failure to launch has serious consequences for society—as Egypt’s Mubarak and Tunisia’s overthrown President, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, discovered. So did Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who in 2009 dispatched baton-wielding police against youths protesting his disputed reelection.” Coy goes on to point out that “ for the young jobless, enforced leisure can be agony. Musa Salhi, the Spanish soccer player, says, “I feel bored all the time, especially in the mornings. My parents really need and want me to start working.” In Belfast, Northern Ireland, 19-year-old Declan Mac­guire says he applied for 15 jobs in the past three weeks and heard nothing back. “I would consider emigrating, but I don’t even have the money to do that. It is so demoralizing.”

At TGIM Digital Publishing, we’re doing more than just talking about the youth jobless rate. We’re impacting those numbers by offering students ages 15-24 years old internships. And we challenge other companies to evaluate how they can impact this rising problem by partnering with us. So far, we’ve partnered with Kingdom Boxing & Youth Outreach to offer internships to students in Fort Worth, TX and Little Rock, AR. The experience they get as interns increases their ability to land their first job in a tough market. Through the Internship Program, students make accomplishments they can be proud of while earning money selling books written by their peers attending Writing for the Soul Workshop™.

Here are some of the benefits for students:

1. Learn Content Marketing

2. Learn eMail Marketing

3. Learn Social Media Marketing

4. Access to S.C.O.R.E. Mentoring Program

5. Job Skills for a Career in Sales

The more individual companies strive to find creative ways for youth to earn income, the better outlook for our growing youth population. The lack of traditional jobs available for youth stops being a problem when we all work to redefine that traditional job market, and show our support for youth taking positive steps to impact their future. Want to know how you can partner with us? Use the Contact Form below to get involved today.


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TGIM says “Y.E.P.” to President Trump’s proposed 2018 Budget

No one wants to think that their tax money is being “wasted” through inefficient programs and bloated government agencies.  Making the government “efficient” sounds like a noble goal. Creating a new generation of jobless youth with fewer resources to learn marketable skills is the true result of the current proposed budget.  As reported by the Atlantic “The 2018 budget details around $500 million in cuts for the department (of Labor), which likely means that programs for disadvantaged workers, including seniors, youths, and those with disabilities, would be reduced or completely eliminated. The Senior Community Service Employment Program, training grants at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and technical-assistance grants at the Office of Disability Employment Policy would all disappear. Job-training centers for disadvantaged children would be shuttered and funding for more general job-training and employment services would move from the federal budget to states.”

In addition, the new budget also cuts after school programs that could prevent youth from falling through the gaps in the first place.  This means that even more youth impacted by poverty are less likely to change their outcomes without small businesses stepping forward with targeted efforts to impact the Youth Unemployment Rate.  This is one of the key reasons that TGIM Digital Publishing is working to launch Y.E.P. as a component to our Affiliates Program.

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When you think about the dire economic and social picture facing youth around the world today, it’s clear that we need to do better.  Around the globe, communities face government corruption, lack social services, and have growing unemployment issues in their youth populations.  Some communities are further devastated by natural disasters, and civil wars.  Impacting youth and creating change will require out of the box solutions. We need For-Profit companies that have the heart to create change, and that are willing to accept a mission that provides what our society needs.  We need companies who know that helping our youth is just as important as profits.  We need companies that are willing to focus on our society as humans, not just consumers. Companies that have a mission, that have a heart, and that produce results …like us. Call us at: 682.235.TGIM (8446) for more information and to discuss ROI.

Why not a .com?

When you clicked on this title, perhaps you were expecting some enlightening research on web domains, and whether or not your business web domain will impact your site traffic.  While this blog might not contain that information, rest assured that what you are about to read definitely impacts you!

The education system in the United States has roots to the colonial times, when education was targeted for white male land owners, and focused on preparation to better understand religious doctrine.  By the early 1900’s this focus shifted with the Progressive era, and our educational system was seen by government and urban leaders as a way to prepare individuals for blue-collar work in factories.  This focus has remained, one of the reasons our school curriculum is primarily focused in math, science and technology.

If you are a business owner, right about now you are wondering why this information impacts you… well, if you employee anyone other than your self, or your customer base includes anyone under 80, keep reading…

Our economy in 2017 looks very different from the one 50 years ago.  As our nation has moved from an industrial economy to an information economy, our expectations of our school systems really haven’t changed. We still expect that individuals with a High School Diploma or GED will have the requisite skills needed to be successful at most entry-level jobs. The problem with this expectation is that those entry-level jobs have changed drastically over the last 2 decades, and our current education system doesn’t really prepare students for their future in the job market.  As The Fiscal Times recently put it “nearly three-quarters of hiring managers complain that millennials – even those with college degrees – aren’t prepared for the job market and lack an adequate ‘work ethic.'”

This means that as students navigate an education system that focuses on standardized test scores instead of what happens in today’s job market, we will continue to face a dearth of individuals that are prepared to work, improve, and earn salaries that will help continue to drive our economy.  That is where the importance of “.us” comes in… if we want a future work force that is prepared for our current economy, it will take a village to drive the changes we need to ensure this preparation.

According to Mother Jones magazine, most students will take 113 standardized tests in the school life.  In Texas this means that more than 50% of high school graduates would have FAILED the writing portion of their standardized tests.  With more and more jobs that require customer service and sales skills, the ability for individuals to clearly communicate with others is of utmost importance.  We have to do better in preparing todays children in reading and WRITING.

As part of this focus, TGIM Digital Publishing is offering Writing for the Soul Workshop™ as a way for students to increase their scores in Writing on standardized tests like the STAAR test administered here in Texas.  An overwhelming number of students, even in high school, struggle with Essay writing, a component that represents 26% of an individuals test scores.

This program is proven as a viable option to increase a students writing ability, and has shown to help improve educational outcomes, and Essay scores on standardized test.  Currently, TGIM offers these workshops to schools at no charge to students.  Participants not only receive tutoring, but important skills in customer service and sales through participation in this program.  As a business owner this means a better prepared future workforce.  A better prepared workforce means better wages and more money in the economy, which is a win for all of us.

indiegogo-buttonAs anyone knows, offering services like this does have a cost, even when it isn’t passed on to participants.  We need your help to ensure that students here in Texas and around the world maintain access to Writing for the Soul Workshop™, and all of the wow factors available. Your contribution today helps to ensure youth in your community continue to access a program that offers better educational outcomes than school alone.  As the Will Stegerson foundation reminds us,  “In order to reach a kid, you’ve got the meet them where they are. And if you can meet them where they are, then you can take them somewhere else.”  Help www.tgimonline.US take our next generation of students to places that our .com can’t. Back our INDIEGOGO campaign today.


Justice Reinvented: Impacting Juvenile Offenders

“I gave birth to this program in South Kansas City.  My first participants were Crips and Bloods.  It wasn’t the differences that brought them together, it was the pain.  Watching them write for me made me realize this one thing …writing could actually, literally, set them free. One of the most life changing experiences I had in prison was Victim Impact Week.  For the first time in my life …I saw my victims as fathers and sons, mothers and daughters.  I thought about the people I hurt.  I thought about everything I’d tell them if I could.  As a justice reinvestment program, Writing for the Soul Workshop™ gives juvenile offenders a platform to say, ‘I’m sorry.’ Now that’s freedom.” -Eric L. Jones, Sr., Developer of Writing for the Soul Workshop™

Most of us have been there.  Chances are that at some point in your life, you have received some type of government citation that required you to pay a fine.  Maybe it was a parking ticket, or some other traffic violation. As adults, we have resources that allow us to pay those fines.  We can work and pay the fines from our income, or perform community service to work off a fine in most states.  But what about juvenile offenders that have to pay fines and restitution? What about juvenile offenders living in poverty or group homes that have no way to perform community service and have no way to pay fines?

Teens tumbling through the welfare system often don’t get as fair a shake in court as those who have support at home and school, and that can throw them deeper into trouble.  Also, kids who end up as wards of the state because their parents abused them run out of options if they act up in foster and group homes and are no longer welcome.  Like other kids, they’re doing kid stuff — tagging playgrounds, breaking windows, smoking weed — but with no safety net to catch them, they fall much farther than their peers in more stable settings.

Gary Campbell, a former Lakeshore schools superintendent, said “landing in the juvenile justice system can set up a ‘vicious spiral’ that defeats kids rather than helping them.” As part of sentencing, juveniles are often required to pay a fine, court costs and restitution to any victims. But the kid doesn’t have any money to begin with, so he’s already set up to fail. He’s got no job and no way to acquire the resource. The result is that instead of giving juveniles a jump-start back into society, we set them up with requirements they can’t do.”

For example, a prosecutor or judge looking at a teenager who gets popped for drinking but has a good home life likely will give the kid a chance to prove him or herself and have the charge dropped. But a prosecutor looking at the same crime committed by a kid plagued by mental health issues or stints in foster homes often decides that rough-and-tumble life excludes him or her from working off the charge.  That can result in higher rates of detention and incarceration.

Many state and local governments that have focused efforts on Justice Reinvestment strategies that focus on juvenile offenders have seen long-term improvements in crime rates and a decrease in juvenile offenders that become adult offenders.  These programs focus on reducing the factors that drive juvenile offenses and re-offenses.

Writing for the Soul Workshop™ was organically created and developed in impoverished areas. The program offers youth amazing resources for Justice Reinvestment, with a strong focus on changing behavior and empowering our at risk kids.  Unlike many other programs that are more focused on manual skills, like trash pick up or graffiti removal, our program offers a way for at risk youth to improve their writing, become published authors, plus having the ability to immediately earn income to help with their fines and restitution.  Our program offers immediate results that lead to life long behavior change, and new skills to break the cycle of poverty and entanglement with the justice system.

Here are testimonials from YARS (Youth with Adult Responsibilities) after attending Writing for the Soul Workshop™ at the John Lesley Patton Jr. Academic Center in Dallas, TX:

Imagine young offenders in your community writing letters to their victims and then compiling their stories as an eBook with global distribution in place that they get to sell and earn real money. Can you see it? Can you see the healing taking place as they get what’s on the inside …out? Can you see prison recidivism decrease because they have a product that they own the rights to and can sell from Facebook, Twitter etc., for immediate financial relief to take care of themselves and their children? If you can see this, then offer our program in your community or add it as a viable component to what your school, church or non-profit already have in place. Do something different. Complete the Contact Form below and we’ll send you a Registration Packet to begin the process. Certification is easy and required.

10 Reasons Why We Will Never Franchise Our Programs Part 2

Last week in Part 1 of this two part series, we talked about how many small businesses and entrepreneurs create business expansion through franchising their product or service allowing others to bear the cost of their business expansion. In Part 1, we focused on key reasons that we would never franchise our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ programs. Those reasons were based on how franchising impacts the organizations operating the franchise -from the restrictiveness of the operating procedures, to cost. This week, we’ll focus on how all of the different groups that benefit from Writing for the Soul Workshop™ would be impacted if we offered the program as a franchise instead. Last week we mentioned there are thousands of reasons that we wouldn’t franchise, each with a face and a name. How our program impacts individuals and empowers communities are the focus points for the last 5 reasons we won’t franchise our program. Continue reading “10 Reasons Why We Will Never Franchise Our Programs Part 2”