Central Alabama OIC’s Montgomery YouthWorks! Program is a workforce development project designed to provide youth ages 16 to 21 with work-based learning experiences to assist them with making the connection between their education and economics. The Montgomery Youthworks! Program provides Montgomery youth between the ages of 16 and 21 with summer employment and educational opportunities. Participants work in a variety of entry-level jobs at government agencies, hospitals, summer camps, nonprofits, small businesses, law firms, museums, sports enterprises, and retail organizations.
The Summer Youth Employment Program strives to:
- Emphasize real-world labor expectations
- Increase awareness of services offered by local community-based organizations
- Provide opportunities for career instruction, financial literacy training, academic improvement, and social growth
- Career exploration
- Initial work experiences
- Violence prevention
- Skills/interest assessment
- Résumé writing assistance
- Career development workshops
- Job readiness training
- Mock interviews
- Retention support throughout employment
- Referral to other programs and services
In return, youth participants receive an hourly wage or stipend. The types of opportunities and workplace experiences vary. All employers adhere to strict standards and outcomes for youth.
Recognizing the need for a skilled workforce as identified in the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce: Image A Greater Montgomery, Goal 1: “Champion Public Education and Build a Competitive Workforce”. This can only be done by helping our youth make a connection between their education and economics.