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News Release

August 9, 2011      

For Further Information Contact:
Laraine Kautz, Interim Executive Director
Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board
(845) 463-0517

Summer Youth Employment Program A Success

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus congratulates the 68 young people who successfully participated in 2011 Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Summer Youth Employment Program coordinated by the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board (DCWIB).     Sixty eight students, ages 14 to 20 years old, from across Dutchess County had the opportunity to engage in learning activities to help them be successful in their summer employment and prepare for future permanent employment.

County Executive Steinhaus said, “We are living in very challenging economic times and it is important for young people to gain skills to help prepare them to enter the workforce.   The Summer Youth Employment Program provides invaluable training and gives them a competitive advantage for the future.”

The Summer Youth Employment Program featured a four day training component called “Being Your Best: A Youth Work Readiness Program” presented by Nubian Directions.   This innovative program allows student participants to “earn while they learn” with training sessions held at Dutchess Community College.  The training was run parallel to the employment over the course of July so students had the opportunity to learn skills, go back to work to apply and then convene again to discuss what worked successfully.     Hosting the student employees on Dutchess Community College’s main campus for the on-the-job training provided a tremendous opportunity to meet program peers from around the county and experience the college campus first hand.  Training topics included:

  • Learning styles – how to identify and use it to make decisions and solve problems at work
  • Teamwork
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Stress management
  • Fundamental fiscal management concepts
  • Goal setting and employment strategies

Students had job placements ranging in industry and skill level as well as geographic location, working an average of 20 hours per week.   Various agencies participated in the Summer Youth Employment Program including Children’s Media Project, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Dutchess ARC, Family Services Inc, North East Community Center and Nubian Directions II, Inc.

The goal of the program is for participating youth to have had a positive work experience where they had an opportunity to be productive, explore career options and earn a certificate that confirms their readiness for entry-level work as defined by employers across the United States.   Since the program began in 2007, more than 300 young people have earned a “Being Your Best” certificate.

The Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board received $157,263 for the 2011 Summer Youth Employment Program from the federally funded Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

For more information about the Summer Youth Employment Program, contact Laraine Kautz at the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board at (845) 463-0517.

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