Thursday, October 28, 2010

Summer Youth Connect Wraps Up a Great Summer!

Last month, Mayor Adams and Commissioner Cogen hosted a reception for the businesses and organizations that supported the success of Summer Youth Connect - a four year series of academic supports and career/college exposure for at-risk youth during the summer.

This past summer, nearly 1,500 young people participated in the program visiting local businesses and colleges, attending career seminars, and working in paid internships.

Summer Youth Connect consists of three programs:

Ninth Grade Counts connects incoming 9th graders to academic supports and builds high school readiness skills to help insure success

Career + College Connections exposes 10th graders to career choices through job shadows, informational interviews and skill/interest assessments

Youth SummerWorks engages 11th and 12th graders in paid work experiences

Less than 60% of Portland area students graduate from high school on time and only about 1 in 10 8th graders will earn a Bachelors degree. This is unacceptable in today's knowledge-based economy and the continuum of support offered through Summer Youth Connect is intended to help change these statistics.

Worksystems is a proud sponsor and partner in Youth Summer Connect along with the City of Portland, Multnomah County, and the Portland Schools Foundation. Contact us if you are interested in sponsoring a youth for Summer, 2011.

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