The Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network today kicked off its Hire-A-Youth Summer Internship and Employment program. Each year, the program provides hundreds of youth in Long Beach and Signal Hill with valuable work experience, and also provides businesses with eager, job-ready workers. The program was launched at a ceremony thanking businesses for their support and encouraging them to continue their involvement in the program.
“Summer jobs and internships help build a young person’s work experience, and give them a sense of what career paths they may want to follow,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “We’re asking employers to help us provide opportunities for these hardworking youth – hire them for the summer or serve as an internship mentor.”
This year’s program includes resources to help businesses hire or provide an internship, and some funds are available to help pay for the wages of youth workers. Pacific Gateway will provide $250 stipends directly to youth that complete internships, and also will cover the worker’s compensation costs of every youth intern.
A key component of the program is the completion of the National Work Readiness Credential, a 25-hour program all youth complete before being connected to a job or internship.
“The Work Readiness Credential program helps equip youth with the skills they need for the workplace,” said Vivian Shimoyama, Chair, Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board. “Our mission as a public agency is to help prepare residents for today’s jobs, and the Hire-A-Youth program does that for our youngest generation of workers.”
Work-ready youth in the program have attained the National Work Readiness Credential, which certifies that they have learned:
- How to communicate clearly and work effectively in teams
- How to be a problem-solver, a decision-maker, and a life-long learner
- How to better understand math and use it at work to help solve problems
- How to read time-sheets and job instructions with understanding
Pacific Gateway’s goal is to place 500 youth this summer in jobs and internships.
Businesses that are interested in reaping the benefits of the Hire-A-Youth program are encouraged to get more information by visiting www.pacific-gateway.org or calling Karla Corona, Youth Hiring Specialist, at 562.570.3681.