Youth Legislative Day

February 23rd, 2015

Today, Worksystems took a group of more than 30 young people to meet with their legislators and speak before the Senate Workforce Committee about the importance of youth employment. The effort was in support of the $15 million in the Governor's proposed budget to support jobs for youth.

Several elected officials including Senate President Peter Courtney, Senator Michael Dembrow, and Oregon Governor Kate Brown (pictured) met with the youth to offer a civics lesson on the Oregon political system and to hear from them how work experience positively impacted their lives.

Youth employment has dropped from 46% to 27% over the past ten years

Worksystems invests in paid work experiences through our SummerWorks program to provide youth with the opportunity to learn critical workplace skills at local employers. Youth who work have higher graduation rates and increased lifetime earnings. Our goal is to provide at least 1,000 jobs for young people in our region every year.