Many communities are searching for ways to help youth identify successful career options and strengthen the local economy. Based in a rural community that reflects Maine's decline in jobs in manufacturing and natural resource-based industries, the project described here provided youth with an opportunity to increase their aspirations by interviewing local businesses. DVDs created from these interviews share the entrepreneurial information obtained with other youth. By seeing their peers in the leadership role of interviewers, youth may be encouraged to connect with businesses and services in their communities.
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Kantor, D. (2012). Jump for the Clouds: An Innovative Strategy Connecting Youth to Communities. The Journal of Extension, 50(2), Article 50. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol50/iss2/50