Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board (DCWIB) will receive over $300,000 for the 2008 Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Summer Youth Employment Program. This program provides youth ages 14 to 20 years old with summer employment positions. Nearly 100 students will be placed in positions where they will have the opportunity to be challenged and productive, enhance their self-esteem, increase workforce readiness skills, explore career options and improve their understanding of work day expectations. The program will kick off with an opening ceremony at Dutchess Community College on July 14th at 9am.
County Executive Steinhaus said, “The Summer Youth Employment Program brings young people from across the county together and provides them with invaluable training to prepare for future entry into the workforce.”
DCWIB partners closely with the Department of Social Services to ensure the program is relevant in today’s employment environment and gives youth the skills needed to meet national standards of job readiness. The Summer Youth Employment Program offers a variety of summer positions that will help students develop transferable skills applicable to entry level jobs they may apply for in the future. Students will also participate in educational sessions at Dutchess Community College to introduce them to the critical components of the National Workforce Readiness Credential, which will lead to their readiness for entry-level work as defined by employers across the United States.
The DCWIB will work with several community agencies to administer the employment as well as the educational components including: Dutchess ARC, Cornell Cooperative Extension, North East Community Center, Children’s Media Project, Martin Luther King Cultural Center, Mill Street Loft, Nubian Directions and Dutchess Community College.
“Incorporating the educational component shows students how critical higher learning is to success in the workforce,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “For many students, the Summer Youth Employment Program offers them a first opportunity to visit a college campus and get a taste of what the future can hold for them.”
By the end of the summer, the goal is for all participating youth to be able to identify their new acquired skills, which they can then further develop in other entry level jobs, as well as to have an understanding of the significance of formal and informal education as connected to career goals and choices.
For more information about the Summer Youth Employment Program, please contact Laraine Kautz at Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board at (845) 463-0517 x204.