Summer Youth Employment Program
The Summer Youth Employment Program was funded by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and officially ended September 30, 2009. (Washington's current youth employment initiative is the state-funded Opportunity Internship Program.)
Washington received $19.9 million from ARRA for a summer youth employment program. This money was distributed to the 12 workforce development councils (WDCS) across the state.
The Summer Youth Employment Program created more than 5,600 summer jobs for low-income youth and young adults at more than 1,500 work sites during the summer of 2009. For the first time in more than 10 years, a summer youth program gave young people experiences ranging from work in construction and manufacturing to stream cleanups to assisting citizens with disabilities. Students learned work readiness skills while on the job. Participants were placed into work-based training,which included work experience, internships and on-the-job-training. Participants were also provided training and education, including summer school enrichment and online credit retrieval classes. Some 92 percent of participating youth completed their work experience with 78 percent attaining a significant level of work readiness that will help them find a job and keep it. Although youth advocates urged funding in the summer of 2010, no federal funding was provided.
See right side panel for news from individual WDC summer youth programs.
WDC Program News
Seattle-King County WDC
Snohomish County WDC
--Recovery Act Results
South Central Workforce Council
Southwest Washington WDC
--Guest Column in The Columbian
--September Program Report
Spokane Area WDC