YouthWORKS opens summer work application period

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YouthWORKS opens summer work application period
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By Kathy Chouteau

Are you a local youth or young adult looking to build your workforce skills in a rewarding summer job?

The City of Richmond’s YouthWORKS’ Richmond Youth Employment Program has opened the application period for qualifying youth and young adults age 16-plus to work at local jobs within government, businesses, community based organizations and nonprofits.

Those hired for the program will work for $16.64 an hour for up to 500 hours this summer while setting career goals, developing important workforce skills and learning more about their community, per YouthWORKS.

To be eligible to apply, Richmond residents should be between the ages of 16 and 30 years old (proof of residency is checked). Or, applicants can also be students with an IEP/504 plan who are 16-21 years old, presently enrolled in school and residents of West Contra Costa County.

To apply for summer work through the program, click here. Need help? Contact YouthWORKS at 510-412-2044, [email protected] or click here.

YouthWORKS is also looking for local host site employers for its Work Experience Program. YouthWORKS is the payroll of record, and stated that benefits include getting short-term projects completed; training Richmond youth in your field; becoming a mentor; and curbing temporary staffing costs. To request to become an employer in the program, click here.

For questions about becoming an employer, contact Bouakhay Phongboupha at [email protected] or 510-307-8050.

An essential part of YouthWORKS’ mission is to “equip every Richmond youth…with the knowledge and experience they’ll need to be successful in real-world work environments through work-based learning…”