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County of Santa Clara grants work2future funding to support youth employment in Silicon Valley

County of Santa Clara grants work2future funding to support youth employment in Silicon Valley

The work2future Foundation is pleased to announce that the County of Santa Clara selected work2future as the service provider to implement the 2015 Youth Summer Jobs Initiative. The Initiative will fund a summer program that will provide 500 Santa Clara County opportunity youth ages 16-21 with career-advising services, job training, internships, and access to employment opportunities. The initiative is a partnership between County of Santa Clara, City of San José, Silicon Valley Workforce Investment Board, work2future Foundation, nonprofits and the business community.

The purpose of the 2015 Youth Summer Jobs Initiative is to help young people enter the workplace, gain skills, knowledge and meaningful work experience. Youth will be referred by the County of Santa Clara from their Foster Care program, from families receiving CalFresh, and/or CalWORKs benefits. Once enrolled at work2future, participants are assigned to a career advisor who provides one-on-one personalized assistance. Young adults will attend training focused on resume development, business etiquette, interview skills and networking. Upon completion of the work readiness training, work2future Employment Specialists coordinate with local employers to provide employment opportunities for program participants.

Youth will be connected to either a subsidized job assignment (200 youth internships) or an unsubsidized job (300 youth) with one of our partner employers. Youth in subsidized positions will receive $10.30 per hour and will work up to 24 hours per week. While on the job, participants receive two hours of additional job readiness training each week and will have access to their dedicated Career Advisor. This provides youth the support needed to ensure they remain engaged and committed to their new job. The 2015 Youth Summer Jobs Initiative provides each participant with supportive service funds that can be used to purchase bus passes, gas cards, interview clothing, uniforms, tools, some toiletries, and other items that can be used to obtain or retain employment.

To learn more about the work2future Foundation 2015 Youth Summer Jobs Initiative, visit www.work2futurefoundation.org/summer-jobs

About the work2future Foundation

The work2future Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in 2011 to enhance existing workforce development services for job seekers, including laid-off workers and young adults. We address the workforce and economic needs of our local area, in collaboration with small and large businesses, educational institutions, and community-based organizations. In 2014, the work2future Foundation began operating work2future’s four America’s Job Centers funded by the federal Workforce Investment Act legislation in 7 cities in Santa Clara County from the San Jose/Campbell area to Gilroy/Morgan Hill, including the unincorporated areas. The work2future Foundation receives Federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding via work2future. WIA funds are distributed throughout the United States and are a primary source of funding for government job training programs.