Summer Jobs Program a Success

The results are in:  more than 75 percent of the 25 youth from Home Forward's housing programs who participated in a regional summer employment program emerged "work ready" when evaluated against a comprehensive set of criteria by their employers.

The program, SummerWorks, provides summer jobs to low-income youth throughout the City of Portland, Multnomah County and Washington County.  In 2011, nearly 200 young men and women took part in the program.  In addition to 180 hours of work experience, SummerWorks provided work readiness training, financial literacy development, and college exposure.

Home Forward provided five jobs in its maintenance department, where the young employees learned skills in carpentry, landscaping, and small engine repair.  Maintenance staffer Shawnte Sims was named the agency's employee of the year for the caring supervision and mentorship he provided over the summer.

Home Forward is one of several partners in SummerWorks, a program of Worksystems, Inc., a non-profit that coordinates the region's workforce system.  Click here to read the Worksystems report on the 2011 summer program.

December 14, 2011