Youth Investments

Worksystems wants all youth to be college and career ready.

Our youth workforce investments support a system - the Career Connect Network - that prepares young people for post-secondary education and career-ladder employment. Our focus is on college preparation, career exploration, work-readiness training and work experience to help young people understand the relevance of classroom learning. The youth supported by our funding are motivated and want to reconnect with school or work, but face many barriers such as growing up in poverty or lacking the necessary education. Our investments help disconnected youth get on a path to a successful career with the life skills necessary to stay on course.

100% of youth served by our investments are low income; 68% are kids of color

Career Exploration

We work in partnership with the business community to provide career exploration opportunities for area youth. Businesses can volunteer for a variety of activities that expose youth to careers in their industry such as speaking in a classroom, conducting mock interviews, or hosting a company tour - and we make it easy to participate through BizConnect.

Work Experience

Youth need opportunities to learn the skills that can only come through real work experience, yet today only 1 in 4 teens are able to find employment. Our investments fund meaningful, paid work experiences to help young people learn and develop the skills necessary to succeed in today's world of work. We offer work experiences year-round but expand the number of employment opportunities during the summer months through our SummerWorks program to help at risk young people stay engaged while not in school.

For more information about our Youth Investment programs, contact Barb Timper.

Thank you Naomi Brown and Kim Harding from the Connect Program at Hillsboro School District for creating this video!