Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board (DCWIB) will receive over $340,000 for the 2009 Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Summer Youth Employment Program. This is a 12% funding increase over 2008 and will allow the program to serve up to 115 students. Participating agencies have had an overwhelming positive response to the program, with more than 95% of the slots already filled.
County Executive Steinhaus said, “The Summer Youth Employment Program provides invaluable training to help young people prepare for their eventual entry into the workforce. In the challenging economic environment we are in, this program helps provide young people a competitive advantage for the future.”
The TANF Summer Youth Employment Program provides youth ages 14 to 20 years old with summer employment positions. Student employees will be placed in positions at private and not-for-profit businesses around the county where they will have the opportunity to be challenged and productive, enhance their self-esteem, increase workforce readiness skills, explore career options and gain an understanding of work day expectations.
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 and a 5-day customized on-the-job training component that will be held at Dutchess Community College will 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.
Richard Altman, Executive Director of the DCWIB said, “We are honored by Dutchess County’s continued confidence in our design and administration of this valuable program. The value of summer employment when combined with the college campus experience cannot be overstated.”
The DCWIB will work with several community agencies to administer the employment as well as the on-the-job training components including: Dutchess ARC, Cornell Cooperative Extension, North East Community Center, Mediation Center of Dutchess County, Children’s Media Project, Martin Luther King Cultural Center, Family Services Inc., Mill Street Loft, and Nubian Directions.
By the end of the summer, the goal is for all participating youth to be able to articulate their new hard and soft skills, which they can then further develop in any other entry level position, as well as 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 Richard Altman at Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board at (845) 463-0517.