Youth Workforce

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

On November 12, 2013, Helina Hornoker addressed the Washington County Board of Commissioners to discuss her experience this year in Worksystems' SummerWorks program. Helina and 17 other youth from the program were placed at Washington County for 180 hours each over this past summer.

Thank you to the Departments of Assessment & Taxation, Health and Human Services, Housing Services and Land Use & Transportation for providing valuable training and work experience to the program participants. // Read more

Friday, November 15, 2013

Worksystems has developed a competency-based model to objectively asses a young person’s readiness for college and careers that is receiving national attention.  
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Friday, August 23, 2013

A new partnership between Worksystems and the Wind & Oar Boat School has resulted in a unique work experience for area at-risk youth. Participants spend 10 weeks building a sail boat and learn valuable soft skills such as communication, teamwork and problem solving. Math and environmental science are also embedded in the curriculum as well as exposure to a variety of tools and processes. // Read more

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Youth who participate in a summer work experience learn valuable workplace skills but they are not always able to articulate what they learned and apply it to their next opportunity. Enter Job Club. // Read more

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Thank you Portland Tribune for the great article on our SummerWorks program! 530 area youth - many of whom are low income and youth of color - have a job this summer and are learning valuable skills while earning a paycheck.   // Read more

Monday, April 22, 2013

On April 12 and 13, Worksystems hosted nationally recognized speaker Jullien Gordon to speak with and inspire disadvantaged young people in our region and the staff who work most closely with them. During the two-day event, Jullien presented his concept of D.R.E.A.M Awake: How to have your Desired Relationships, Employment, and Money and he provided new tools and perspectives to help staff develop career plans with youth that are focused on connecting with their passion. // Read more

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that employment for teens is at the lowest level in 57 years. Nationwide, 6.5 million young people ages 16 to 24 are both out of school and out of work - statistics with dire economic and social consequences. // Read more