Monday, June 27, 2011

SummerWorks in the News!

SummerWorks is a program administered by Worksystems that provides meaningful work experience to area teens during the summer months in an effort to keep youth connected to school, help them explore career options and develop soft skills, and earn a paycheck. The program serves an at risk population with 65% of last years participants self reporting that they were at risk of dropping out of school.

The success of the program has been largely due to a strong public/private partnership including Worksystems, local governments, and area businesses who have come together to provide work experiences and funding for the program. Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith held a press conference to talk about the 25 youth her office is supporting. The Portland Observer also covered the story.

KGW Channel 8 also featured SummerWorks in a news story that highlights the importance of summer jobs for teens and our efforts to reduce teen unemployment. See the short clip below.

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