Feb 20, 2015
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A new Contra Costa County program connects young people between ages 16-21 to summer jobs, internships and other work-based learning experiences, according to the nonprofit For Richmond.

The Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County recently launched Earn & Learn East Bay, which links local youth to a service provider that will connect them to work experiences in a number of industries.

Youth placed in positions are guided by a career counselor coach and other advisers and typically work full time or part-time positions for a minimum wage. They also have access to career-building summer youth programs and camps, For Richmond reported.

The public-private partnership allows employers to help build their future workforce or sponsor youth participation in summer programs. Meanwhile, students will receive hands-on career, technical and life skills, networking and relationship-building, income and opportunities for upward mobility.

Earlier this month, when Earn & Learn East Bay was introduced, local entities such as Chevron, Kaiser Permanente, SunPower Corporation, Phillips 66, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Concord restaurant Lettuce were praised for their involvement in youth workforce development, along with public agencies including BART and the East Bay Regional Park District.

Organizers of the program are seeking more local employers and community-based organization willing to take part in Earn & Learn East Bay. To find out how to get involved, click here or call 925-602-6800.

For local youth (ages 16-21) interested in Earn & Learn East Bay, email wdb@ehsd.cccounty.us or click here.

Kyra Worthy, executive director of For Richmond, is encouraging Richmond youth to take advantage of the opportunities, as they will be great for their resumes.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.