Industry Partnership Submitted By:
San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board

2012 Summer Youth Job Program

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Community Challenge/Problem

Unemployment among youth is a persistent challenge that the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board seeks to change. In many cases, local youth assist their parents in putting food on the table and contributing to the rent.

Board Solution/Innovation

The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board partnered with the Department of Behavioral Health to connect youth in summer jobs with local employers. The grant paid the wages to County youth ages 18-25 years old and provided transportation assistance as well as work readiness training prior to starting their jobs. The project concluded on June 30, 2012

“This grant is affording these young people valuable hands-on work experience that will help them in their future endeavors,” said Josie Gonzales, San Bernardino County Chair and Fifth District Supervisor. “This is a great shot in the arm for both our employers and our youth.”

Outcomes & Results

Of the 314 youth enrolled in the program, 75 will enter the year-round 2012-2013 WIA Youth Program and 95 were hired by local employers.

Hana Song, President of Le Tip in San Bernardino and Owner of Digital Color World, hired an intern to assist the board members of Le Tip. She has mentored three youth through Operation New Hope, a youth service provider with the Workforce Investment Board.

"All of the members feel that our intern, Ty Crawford is such a great blessing," she said. "Not many people understand how the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board's youth program and Operation New Hope help youth and the business community."

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