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Youth Initiatives
Another priority of the Governor’s Workforce Board is to help prepare the workforce of the future by connecting young adults, ages 14 to 24, with the education, work experience and occupational skills training they need to succeed.

Working collaboratively with the two Local Workforce Investment Boards: Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston who serves youth from those two cities and the Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island who serves the remaining 37 cities and towns, the board has provided $2 million in Fiscal Year 2015-16 to support the Statewide Youth Workforce Development System. Combined with the federal funds from the Workforce Investment Act, state general revenue funds, the total amount awarded to youth service providers in 2015-16 was more than $5.5 million.

Rhode Island’s youth workforce development system consists of 14 points of access (youth centers) that provide direct services to all in-school or out-of-school youth between the ages 14-24. Youth Center staff work closely with the youth also providing them with referrals to other vendors for additional services which include: vocational interest inventory, academic assessment, job skills training, résumé writing, completing employment applications, mock interviews, academic services, financial literacy, pre-GED, GED, remediation, summer jobs programs, leadership skills, job readiness training and work experience. As the need arises, this Statewide Youth System infrastructure allows the GWB the ability to rapidly respond to the needs of Rhode Island’s youth in an efficient and effective manner.


Summer Youth Employment

In a tight job market, it is harder than ever for the youth in our communities to find employment. This initiative, funded by the GWB with Job Development Funds, and implemented through the two local workforce investment boards, has provided summer work experience and work-readiness training to thousands of youth in our communities since 2007.

This year’s $1.5 million dollar investment put over 1,000 youth, between the ages of 14-24, to work; many of whom learned for the first time what it is like to have a job. Eighteen vendors throughout Rhode Island were selected to provide work-readiness activities, as well as to assist the youth in securing a subsidized job with various public, private and non-profit businesses.

The youth held various subsidized employment positions including but not limited to clerks, child care assistants, Youth Health Coaches, background check specialist, manufacturing assistants, kitchen assistants, retail, graphic design, counselors and several positions in our local hospitals. Some employers included Yushin America, Inc., Hire Image, Lifespan, The Brickle Group, Boys and Girls Clubs, Newport Preservation Society, Rhode Island Parent Information Network, the City of Providence and many others.

The number of employers committed to the Summer Youth Employment Program grows each year. Employers take on students with minimum-wage subsidized employment and then hire some for regular employment following the program.

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