Talking points of JobX summer youth employment program

Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2009

• The Learning Connection (a program of SERRC - Alaska's Educational Resource Center) recently received ARRA funds (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act also known as stimulus dollars) to prepare eligible youth for the workforce.

• The program will place youth age 16-24 in worksites throughout Juneau and provide training and support to low income youth on how to get - and keep - a job.

• The stimulus program is funded by the Youth Workforce Investment Act (WIA), a federally funded program administered by the State of Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Division of Business Partnerships.

• The stimulus program runs until September 30 and will place youth in subsidized work experiences for up to 200 work hours at a rate of $9 an hour.

• The program is similar to JobX - a workforce development program that has served more than 200 youth since its inception in January 2008.

• Work sites are determined by each applicant's specific interests and abilities. Sites include private enterprise, government and nonprofit sites.

• Work sites reap the benefits of this program by hiring (but not paying the salary for) employees that are supported by workforce development professionals. Many JobX participants have been hired by their work sites after their subsidized hours expire.

• Work sites serve as mentors for youth entering the workforce. The mentoring component of this program is a win-win for Juneau by training hundreds of youth to how to get - and keep - a job thereby contributing to Juneau's economy and workforce.

• JobX and this stimulus funded workforce development program is an equal opportunity employer/ program. Auxiliary aides and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

The Learning Connection is a program of SERRC - Alaska's Educational Resource Center. A private, nonprofit that provides educational solutions and services to the entire state through direct student services, school and district support services and community services for the past 33 years.

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