NYCOSH’s Summer 2016 Young Workers Program Features: “Teens Lead at Work” Kick Off, Teen Worker Safety Month Proclamation and Announcement of YouthSafe Contest Winners!

NYCOSH’s Summer 2016 Young Workers Program Features: “Teens Lead at Work” Kick Off, Teen Worker Safety Month Proclamation and Announcement of YouthSafe Contest Winners!

As we head into the summer, it is also the season of higher teen employment, and with it comes an increased need for young workers to know their rights and all about safety and health in the workplace. Unsafe working conditions, lack of experience, and fear of speaking up have all been cited as reasons for the higher rate of injuries among youth.

 

 

Teens Lead at Work, NYCOSH’s summer training component of the Young Worker Program, kicks off at the beginning of July. This summer, 3 teens, will conduct training for peers on health and safety, with a special emphasis on workplace violence.  They will also design and implement their own small project, and assist NYCOSH staff in other organizational programs to become better informed about the myriad of issues all workers face around safety and health conditions. They will receive training on how to conduct the educational sessions for their peers, and they will then facilitate these sessions at several locations employ youth during the summer months.

 

Teens will also learn about “Teen Worker Safety Month” declared by Governor Andrew Cuomo in June. The 2016 Proclamation (LINKED) states, “Young workers offer valuable skills and talents that contribute to a stronger New York State Workforce, and we must promote not only job opportunities but also safe and health work conditions for our youth; we therefore join to observe Teen Worker Safety Month supporting its goals and encouraging communities statewide to work together to reduce teen workplace injury…”

 

Teens in our program will also help share and distribute messages to their peers via social media including winning entries in NYCOSH’s YouthSafe contest. Judges were impressed with the effort made by dozens of young people to reach out to their peers with messages about workplace health and safety.

 

 

YouthSafe Contest Winners 

The winners of the POSTER CONTEST are:

 

 

 

 

 

 

The winners of the PSA/VIDEO CONTEST are:

 

 

 

 

 

The winners of the SOCIAL MEDIA CONTEST are:

 

 

 

 

 

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