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Workforce Investment Board of Tulare County


Workforce Challenge

There were traditionally very few summer employment opportunities for young people in Tulare County, and the recession that impacted 2009 and 2010 only compounded those problems. One short-term impact of this lack of opportunity is that young people, particularly at-risk youth, become prone to becoming involved in non-productive, and often illegal, activities. On a more long-term basis, these youth receive no exposure to potential careers that offer livable wages and career mobility.

Workforce Solution

Building on its long-established network of public sector and non-profit agencies, the Workforce Investment Board of Tulare County was able to implement a summer youth program in 2009 called Youth@Work. Using funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the WIB Youth Council quickly developed and deployed a program that included work readiness preparation: resume development; interview practice and coaching; and work ethics training.

Outcomes & Benefits

Between both of the programs implemented in 2009 and 2010, more than 2,500 county youth were placed in summer jobs in more than 200 separate worksites. Though much of the funding was used in 2009, the program was able to continue into 2010 due to the powerful collaboration of WIB partners. The WIB contributed a portion of its formula funding and remaining ARRA funds, and the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) contributed Emergency Contingency Funds (ECF), proving the County's commitment to the success of its future workforce.

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