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Date: April 13, 2016
Contact: Bob Potter, Director, Olympic Workforce Development Area or 360.337.4873
No: 2016-036

Workforce Consortium receives $97K in YouthWorks funds

(Port Orchard, WA) – The Olympic Workforce Development Area Consortium, encompassing Kitsap, Clallam and Jefferson counties, received $97,373 in YouthWorks funds from the state. Governor Jay Inslee joined employers and youth April 7 to spotlight successful youth career readiness projects and announce winners of a new round of funding to help thousands of youth across Washington prepare for meaningful, living-wage careers and the education opportunities necessary to attain them.

YouthWorks is a collaborative program among workforce development councils, local school districts and educational agencies to provide job search skills, career assessments and work experience jobs to high school dropouts and others who are re-engaging with school after dropping out. The YouthWorks grants, totaling nearly $2.2 million, will provide internships and other work-based learning experiences for thousands of youth.

“It is inspiring to see these young people and their business mentors working together to create exciting new aspirations and futures,” Inslee said. “The numbers speak for themselves. This effort is successfully helping young people plan for their futures and get ready with top-quality job skills and mentors.”

Since the program began in 2013, YouthWorks has doubled the number of young people obtaining internships at local employers, doubled the number of youth matched with employer mentors, and tripled the number of youth who designed a specific career plan at YouthWorks sites across Washington.

“This YouthWorks investment opens wonderful opportunities for our youth to gain valuable work skills and experiences,” said Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido, chair of the Olympic Consortium. “It will enhance our local workforce and spur our economy.”

Locally, the YouthWorks project will partner with Olympic Educational Services District, West Sound Technical Skills Center, Olympic College, West Sound STEM and Stand Up for Kids, an organization that reaches out to homeless youth to teach basic life skills.

For more information, contact Bob Potter, Director of the Olympic Workforce Development Area, at 360.337.4873, or by email at

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Last Updated:  April 13, 2016