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    A study by Brookings states that having a job as a teenager (ages 16 to 18) predicts a higher liklihood of having a quality job (including higher wages) in adulthood. Missing out on an early work experience can have long-term negative effects on future employment and lifetime earnings. But not all youth have access to jobs in their teen and early adult years with low income youth of color least likely to secure any type of employment. There are over 29,000 young people in the Portland-Vancouver Metro region who are not in school or working (called opportunity youth) - a statistic with dire...// Read more
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    Our Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) resources to serve youth are invested through NextGen, a system of nine service providers managed by Worksystems with expertise in serving a diverse population of disconnected and low-income youth. The service providers currently contracted with Worksystems are Home Forward, Impact NW, Immigrant Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), Latino Newtork/Centro Cultural, New Avenues for Youth, Portland Youth Builders, Oregon Human Development Corporation, Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center (POIC), Hillsboro School District. Our...// Read more
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    Worksystems has successfully managed over $350 million in federal, state and local resources since our inception in 1998. We take our fiscal stewardship seriously and we're driven by our commitment to make every dollar count. Our audited financial statements, annual expenditures report and annual budget are attached below.// Read more
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    We convene a network of community based organizations, each providing population-specific career coaching and support services to support vulnerable populations engaged in workforce training activities. Populations served include justice-involved individuals, those with housing instability and/or homelessness, communities of color, immigrants and refugees, individuals in recovery from addictions and those in poverty. This network has a shared goal of customers attaining career-track employment in industries with high demand occupations that provide pathways to middle-wage jobs. Our Economic...// Read more