Summer Youth Employment Program awarded $1.8M

R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR and Training announced an expansion of its Summer Youth Employment Program, which received $1.8 million from the Governor's Workforce Board toward that effort.
R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR and Training announced an expansion of its Summer Youth Employment Program, which received $1.8 million from the Governor's Workforce Board toward that effort.

CRANSTON – The Governor’s Workforce Board awarded $1.8 million to the Summer Youth Employment Program, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training announced Thursday. The grant money will be split between two local workforce investment boards, the Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island and Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston. Between the two WIBs, the program will provide over 1,200 youths, from ages 14-24, access to summer jobs, internships and work-readiness programs.

This comes as a $300,000 increase to program funding between the two WIBs from 2016 and will allow 100 more Rhode Island youths to participate in the program. More than 380 employers are participating in the program this summer. Employers will also pair with about 20 community groups and training providers.

“The Summer Youth Employment Program provides real-life, hands-on training aligned with the needs of Rhode Island employers,” said Gov. Gina M. Raimondo in a statement. “These are exactly the kinds of life-changing opportunities that young Rhode Islanders of varying educational levels need to compete and have a chance for a brighter future.”

Funding for the program comes from the state Job Development Fund, an assessment of employers’ taxable payroll.

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Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island will serve 840 youth with an endowment of $1.5 million while Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston will serve 366 youths with an endowment of $650,000.

Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island Grantees

  • Blackstone Valley Community Action Program
  • Comprehensive Community Action Program
  • Center for Dynamic Learning
  • Community Care Alliance
  • East Bay Community Action Program
  • Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center
  • Rhode Island Hospital/Lifespan
  • Rhode Island Nursing Institute Middle College
  • RiverzEdge
  • SER – Jobs for Progress Inc.
  • Tri-County Community Action

Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston Grantees

  • Academy for Career Exploration
  • AS220
  • Boys & Girls Club of Providence
  • Community Action Partnership of Providence
  • Comprehensive Community Action Program
  • DownCity Design
  • Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center
  • Rhode Island Hospital/Lifespan
  • Young Voices

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor.