The Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha Youth Employment Program is a job training program for youth and young adults ages 14-24. These young individuals interested in career exploration, training, and work experiences work with local businesses and/or local technical schools to develop job skills that enable them to have better opportunities in the future. Participants attend workshops to increase employment and life skills as needed. Members also receive various services such as mentoring, counseling, tutoring and much more.
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Program
For qualifying young adults between the ages of 14 – 24, the Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha offers workforce development training and support through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014.
Through this act of congress, funds are provided to states and outlying areas through the United States Congress. States in turn provide local workforce areas resources to deliver a comprehensive array of youth services that focus on assisting out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment, prepare for post-secondary education and employment opportunities, attain educational and/or skills training credentials, and secure employment with career/promotional opportunities.
Services offered through the WIOA Youth Program (subject to funding) include:
- Alternative secondary school services
- Paid and unpaid work experiences, which include:
- Summer and year round employment opportunities
- Pre-apprenticeship programs
- Internships and job preparation and training
- Leadership development opportunities
- Supportive services
- Follow-up services
- Comprehensive guidance and counseling
- Financial literacy education
- Entrepreneurial skills training
- Labor market and employment information
- Postsecondary education and training preparation activities
In order to learn more about the WIOA Youth program, please click on the following link, complete the pre-application form and email it to your corresponding counties contact.
Summer Youth Employment Program Details
Recognizing that the Summer Youth Employment program only accepts youth identified as “at-risk” who are case managed, it is important to note that in order to take part in this program youth will be referred via their case managers. There is no open application process for non-case managed youth. Learn more about opportunities available through Kenosha County and Professional Services Group.
Youth entering the program complete an assessment phase including academic, financial and social needs.
This is followed up by in-depth career workshops that teach life skills, career goals, job specific skills, job responsibilities, etc. It also includes tutoring, mentoring, dropout prevention and stay in school activities.
Next is a training period where they will receive hands-on work experience in a category of their interest. These categories may include, but are not limited to: administrative, maintenance, customer service, nursing home, child care, manufacturing, etc.
The ultimate goal of the Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha’s Youth Employment program is to have each participant obtain unsubsidized employment during or upon completion of the program. Youth are led through job training, work experience and career search and are aided in finding unsubsidized employment. Follow-up on youth progress is conducted after job placement.
Summer Program Enhanced with Kenosha County and Community Action funding:
- The Youth Employment Program employs and works with over 250 in school and out-of-school youth between the ages of 14 and 24 each year. The participating youth were economically or otherwise disadvantaged. While working through the Youth Employment program, in-school youth also take part in educational sessions through a partnership with the Kenosha Unified School District where they gain ½ credit towards their high school graduation.