Youth Transitions:

Information Every Parent Needs to Know



Dear (Contact First Name),
This month, MyCom is focused on youth transitions:
  • a child's entry into kindergarten
  • a youth moving from 8th grade to high school
  • a young adult participating in his or her first work experience, or starting post-secondary education.

Transitions are important milestones for all youth.

Parents and caregivers can positively impact their children's growth by being aware and engaged during their transition.


In This Issue
-MyCom Featured on Kaleidoscope
-Is Your Child a Senior?
-Do You Remember Your First Summer Job?
-Summer Job Registration is Now Open
-Register Your Child for Kindergarten
-Stand Up for Our Youth-Advocacy Day
-Did You Know: Youth Employment Statistic
MyCom Talks About Youth Transitions with Leon Bibb of TV Channel 5 Kaleidoscope!

Is Your Child a Senior in High School?
Financial Aid Application Workshops 
Can Help!
If your child plans to attend college, filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an important step toward receiving financial aid. The information provided on the FAFSA is analyzed by the U.S. Department of Education and used to determine how much federal aid a student may receive. The form is also used for state aid programs. Gathering all the papers needed and filling out the FAFSA may be challenging, but doing so is required for any student applying for federal assistance.

Do You Remember Your First Summer Job?

Help Make Memories for Our Youth!

A teen gaining summer employment is often the first step in a fulfilling experience of personal and professional growth. A job, coupled with a mentor, can teach a young person the importance of responsibility and taking pride in one's work.


The success of Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.), which places and guides teens through their first work experiences, depends on employers willing to help youth succeed in the workplace. Y.O.U. is looking for partners to create engaging professional environments for teens. How can you help? Speak to your employer about hiring young people or offering an internship. Chat with teens about your work experience, or mentor a young person just starting out in the professional world.


For more information on employers taking part in Y.O.U.'s youth employment services, visit 





Yes-Now Is the Right Time
 to Register Your Teen for a Summer Job!
Young African Businessman Thinking Over White Background  

A teen's first summer job can be a source of pride and a great opportunity to gain the skills and experience necessary for future employment.


Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) helps secure constructive work opportunities for teens each summer.


Registration opens in February 2014

Click Here to Register.


It's Time to Register Your Child for Kindergarten!

Get Their Education Started!



Can you believe it's time for your little one to go to kindergarten? Kindergarten enrollment takes place in February or March this year if your child is starting school in the fall. It is essential that parents register their kids on time so school districts can hire the appropriate amount of teachers and enough school resources are allotted.


If you are a first time parent, it may seem overwhelming to prepare your child for kindergarten or to gather all the resources necessary for school registration.


Check out the wealth of information for parents of kindergarten-age children at


Stand Up for Our Youth and Our MyCom Network!

Health & Human Service Advocacy Day is coming!


Due to the current economic state, many programs and services for children are at risk to have their funding cut or eliminated. It is imperative that Ohio parents speak up and tell policymakers what these services mean to their children.


Register with Voices for Ohio's Children for a chance to meet your elected officials and educate them on the importance of health and human services for children in Ohio.

"Children can't influence legislators with their vote. 
Brandi Scales
Director of Communications & 
Policy Advocate
Voices for Ohio's Children






Did You Know?


The labor force participation rate for all youth--the proportion of the population 16 to 24 years old working or looking for work--was 60.5 percent in July 2013, the same as a year earlier.

Taking a longer-term perspective, the July 2013 participation rate was 17.0 percentage points below the peak rate for that month in 1989 (77.5 percent)
MyCom Network Partner Spotlight-Starting Point

Starting Point: MyCom Lead Agency for School Transitions and Out-of-School Time Programs MyCom and Starting Point are partnering to help children and their families:


  • manage the all-important transitions to kindergarten, middle school, high school and college more effectively, and
  • access quality after-school, holiday and summer activities that supplement and enhance school learning; nurture talents and interests; develop leadership skills and foster the 21st century abilities that help young people become productive citizens and future leaders of our community. 

Together, we've created a strong County-wide system to link youth and their families to programs, materials and supportive services aimed at improving student achievement and success, including:

  • March into Kindergarten early registration campaign
  • Kindergarten Kits for Parents
  • Tutoring Programs
  • College Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Workshops
  • ACT and SAT College Entrance Exam "Boot Camps"
  • Tutoring Programs
  • Phone Hotline and online access to a searchable database of 910 quality out-of-school time organizations.


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