WBEZ | jobs for youth http://www.wbez.org/tags/jobs-youth Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Vocational training vs. college education: Lessons from Europe http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-30/vocational-training-vs-college-education-lessons-europe-94463 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-30/vocation1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Thanks to the feverish coverage of the European debt crisis, we know that Germany is the economic engine that’s kept the Eurozone afloat. The Germans attribute their success in large part to their dual education system. At a young age, schoolchildren go on tracks that determine whether they’ll receive vocational training to prepare them for employment or go to university.</p><p>While the system provides little flexibility, it does deliver on jobs. Germany, as well as Switzerland and Austria — which have similar education models — have the lowest youth unemployment figures in Europe. Young people in countries like France and the U.K., which put a greater emphasis on college degrees, fare much worse. In the U.S., youth unemployment is double that of adults.</p><p><a href="http://www.pepperculpepper.net/" target="_blank">Pepper Culpepper</a>, a political science professor at the European University Institute in Florence and editor of the book <a href="http://www.berghahnbooks.com/title.php?rowtag=CulpepperGerman" target="_blank"><em>The German Skills Machine</em></a>, tells <em>Worldview</em> what the U.S. can learn from foreign educational models.</p></p> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 17:08:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-30/vocational-training-vs-college-education-lessons-europe-94463 Friday Foodie Forecast: Food for thought http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-03-25/friday-foodie-forecast-food-thought-84202 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-March/2011-03-25/world-food-day.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><!--StartFragment--></p><p style="text-align: center;" class="MsoNormal"><img height="341" width="400" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-March/2011-03-24/world-food-day.jpg" /></p><p class="MsoNormal">Can you think of a better way to spend your time and money than indulging in delicious food and drink all while giving back to those in need? Food meets philanthropy this week as Chicagoans are invited to match their generous spirit with their culinary pursuits in several charitable events taking place throughout the city. <a href="http://www.japonaischicago.com/">Japonais</a> will host a fundraiser to aid those devastated by the earthquake/tsunami in Japan, while <a href="http://thepublicanrestaurant.com">The Publican</a> and <a href="http://culinary.kendall.edu/news-and-events/the-dining-room/">Kendall College</a> - teaming up with Chef Jimmy Bannos Jr. &ndash; both host events benefitting local hunger-relief and youth organizations. So go ahead and reward yourself with that extra glass of wine and bite of dessert, after all, it&rsquo;s for a good cause.<span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><o:p></o:p></span><strong>Japan Fundraiser at Japonais</strong><o:p></o:p></p> <p>In an effort to raise awareness and help those devastated by the recent tsunami, the <a href="http://www.jaschicago.org/">Japan America Society of Chicago</a> joins forces with <a href="http://www.japonaischicago.com/">Japonais Restaurant &amp; Lounge</a> in the <a href="http://www.jaschicago.org/en/events/Default.aspx?eventid=166">Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Relief Fundraiser</a> this Tuesday, March 29 from 6:00 &ndash; 9:00 p.m. For $20 per person/$25 at the door, guests can enjoy passed hor d&rsquo;oeuvres provided by the restaurant, a sake tasting donated by <a href="http://www.facebook.com/TENZINGWS">Tenzing</a>, beer by <a href="http://www.gooseisland.com/">Goose Island </a>and cupcakes by <a href="http://www.morecupcakes.com/">More</a>. All proceeds and donations will go directly to <a href="http://www.jrc.or.jp/english/index.html">The Japanese Red Cross</a>. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.jaschicago.org">www.jaschicago.org</a>. Japonais is located at 600 W. Chicago Ave.<span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><o:p></o:p></span><strong>Food Drive at The Publican</strong><o:p></o:p></p> <p>Continue in the spirit of giving and join in <a href="http://thepublicanrestaurant.com">The Publican&rsquo;s</a> food drive this Saturday, March 26 from 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m. Due to the great success and overwhelming response from the food drives over the last year, The Publican has made the event a quarterly occurrence benefitting <a href="http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/">The Greater Chicago Food Depository</a>. Guests are encouraged to bring non-perishables and canned goods, and as a reward for the good deeds, will be treated to complimentary beer from <a href="http://www.3floyds.com/ ">3 Floyds Brewing Co</a>. and tasty snacks by <a href="http://www.hannahsbretzel.com/">Hannah&rsquo;s Bretzel</a>. Those who donate will also be entered into a raffle to win a progressive dinner for two at The Publican, <a href="http://www.blackbirdrestaurant.com/">Blackbird</a> and <a href="http://www.avecrestaurant.com/">Avec</a>. &nbsp;The Publican is located at 837 W. Fulton Market. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.thepublicanrestaurant.com">www.thepublicanrestaurant.com</a>.<o:p></o:p></p> <p><o:p></o:p><strong>Youth Benefit at Kendall College</strong><o:p></o:p></p> <p>Chef Jimmy Bannos Jr. of <a href="http://www.thepurplepigchicago.com/">The Purple Pig</a> will join the <a href="http://www.jfychicago.org/jfy/jfy_events.html">Jobs For Youth Board&rsquo;s</a> second annual <a href="http://www.jfychicago.org/jfy/jfy_events.html">Spring Escape </a>fundraiser as a special guest host taking place at Kendall College this Thursday, March 31 from 6:00 &ndash; 10:00 p.m. Attended by over 200 young professionals, guests at the event will sample cuisine from the <a href="http://culinary.kendall.edu/news-and-events/the-dining-room/">Dining Room at Kendall College</a> &ndash; the only culinary school restaurant recognized in the <a href="http://www.michelinguide.com/us/2011_chi_bib_gourmand.html">Michelin Guide Chicago 2011</a>. Other notable highlights include demonstrations of The Spring Escape specialty cocktail created by expert mixologists, <a href="http://www.yelp.com/events/chicago-the-spring-escape">Better Living Through Alchemy;</a> Ketel One cocktails served through an ice sculpture poured directly into guest&rsquo;s martini glasses; a spirits tasting; a wine pull where guests who donate an additional $20 are guaranteed to bring home a bottle of wine valued from $25 to $200; and free trolley service from the Loop to Kendall College. Tickets are $75 for general admission and $95 for VIP - which includes a personal cooking demo with Chef Jimmy Bannos Jr. &ndash; and can be purchased online at <a href="http://www.jfychicago.org">www.jfychicago.org</a>, or by calling Adam Levy at 312-499-4778 x142. All proceeds from the evening benefit Jobs For Youth &ndash; note: you must be 21 or older to attend the event. Kendall College is located at 900 N. Branch St.</p><p><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <!--EndFragment--><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>-Dimitra Apostolopoulos</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 25 Mar 2011 17:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-03-25/friday-foodie-forecast-food-thought-84202