Youth Workforce

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

Friday, March 29, 2013

Thank you KGW News for featuring our SummerWorks Program on Straight Talk Live at 7! This important program puts kids to work during the summer months helping them to develop the skills necessary to be successful in the work place. // Read more


Studies by Brookings and the Annie E Casey Foundation show the importance of youth employment. // Read more

Disconnected Youth in the Portland Metro Region, 2010

Date posted: 
September 12th, 2014

Roughly 14,000 youth in the City of Portland, Multnomah and Washington Counties are considered to be disconnected, meaning that they are neither in school nor employed. This respresents 11% of youth in our region.

This report examines the demographics of this at-risk population.  // Read more

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Worksystems and area workforce partners recently hosted an event at Clackamas Community College to showcase careers in manufacturing to area youth to help build a pipeline of skilled workers for the industry. Students learned about industry occupations, wage rates, and available tools to help them further explore career options.  Students toured the college’s manufacturing training facilities and completed hands on projects to get a feel for the nature of the work.  The day concluded with a presentation by Liberty Metal Fab on employment at their // Read more