The Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha Youth Employment Program is a job training program for youth ages 14-21. These youth work with local businesses while developing job skills to enable them to have better opportunities in the future. Participants attend workshops to increase employment and life skills. Members also receive various services such as mentoring, counseling, tutoring and much more.
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. This job placement was subsidized in 2014 by a variety of funding sources including Federal WIA funds and support from County Government.
The ultimate goal of the 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.
Throughout the years in which that the Boys & Girls Club has held the WIA grant, the department has been instrumental in helping more than 3,000 youth obtain employment.
Summer Program Enhanced with Kenosha County and Community Action funding:
The Youth Employment Program employed worked with over 248 in school and out-of-school youth between the ages of 14 and 21. 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.
Recognizing that the 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.