King County completes successful summer youth employment program for low-income teens
Economic stimulus funds created "green" summer for 570 local area youth
Summer youth employment opportunities opened up for low-income local area young people ages 16-24, thanks to funding from the federal economic stimulus package approved by the U.S. Congress in 2009.
The King County Work Training Program sponsored the Summer Youth Employment Program from June-August, exceeding their expectations and serving 570 local area youth, in conjunction with the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. The program helped at-risk youth learn about emerging fields of employment, and become more "employment ready" through paid work experience.
In announcing the program, then King County Executive Ron Sims said, "This innovative youth employment program will not just provide wages for the summer, but will help to open pathways to future career opportunities for at-risk youth and young adults. Here. they will have the unique opportunity to learn about jobs in health care, green building, and environmental protection through paid internships that will help them prepare for the future."
As part of the summer program, each youth received an individual employment readiness and education assessment, job readiness training, and participate in career exploration and counseling about post-secondary education and training. Each participant was then placed into paid work for a 150-hour internship in an area of their interest at $8.55/hour for July and August. Funding for the summer youth employment project was provided by the Workforce Development Council and the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA). Partners included local school districts and community and technical colleges and others.
The program was open to low-income young people ages 16-24. All had to King County residents, and U.S. citizens or non-citizens employment authorized by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
For more information about youth programs contact Grace Kong, YouthSource Program Manager at 206-205-6765 firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://www.kingcounty.gov/socialservices/WorkTraining.aspx.