Young Adult Investments

As the workforce of the future, education and training of today’s young people is vitally important. Workforce Southwest Washington (WSW) and its partners provide services to help young people ages 16-24 complete their high school education and prepare for college, additional training or work.

WSW funds youth workforce programs operated by Educational Service District 112, Goodwill and Partners in Careers. These programs help young people learn and develop the skills necessary to succeed in today’s workforce. Through real-world and on-the-job experiences, young people gain the knowledge and experience to be good employees.

Some of the programs Workforce Southwest Washington helped develop:

YouthBuild

When funding became available to help young people that had dropped out of high school, WSW brought together our partners and designed a program that helps them obtain a GED or high school diploma as well as occupational certificates in the construction trades, leadership skills and work experience. A collaboration between WSW, Partners in Careers, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, WorkSource and Second Step Housing means the program covers not only education and training, but addresses additional barriers these young people face, like being homeless, not having food or needing to support children of their own.

Participants tour local companies and apprenticeship programs and learn about career pathways into the trades. The program culminates with participants building homes for two low-income families enrolled with Evergreen Habitat for Humanity. To learn more, contact Andrew Westlund at Partners in Careers at andrew@swwpic.org.

YouthWorks

This program helps high school-aged youth learn about growing industries and career options and prepares them for work by connecting them with local businesses that provide internships, company tours, job shadowing, mentoring and other learning opportunities. Companies can engage with young people and their teachers by posting a company profile on the Catalyst online system and including information about types of opportunities they offer.

Businesses can learn more by contacting Darcy Hoffman at WorkSource at dhoffman@esd.wa.gov. Young people, parents and teachers can get additional information from Morgan Parker at Partners in Careers at morgan@swwpic.org.

Contact us about your workforce needs

For more information on our youth investments, contact Miriam Martin at mmartin@workforcesw.org.