To expand and support quality, emergent career and experiential learning pathways (internships, mentorships, and career-exposure opportunities) for underfunded and under-resourced youth by convening stakeholders dedicated to interagency collaboration, and knowledge and resource sharing.
Led by Seattle Good Business Network, The Career-Connected Learning Interagency Forum is a virtual communications platform that convenes stakeholders dedicated to serving youth through fostering new partnerships and strengthening resource pipelines for youth (e.g., internships, mentorships, and other career-exposure opportunities).
The CCLIA Forum is a community of over 35 agencies (and growing everyday) that represent various facets of youth workforce development, particularly under-resourced and underserved youth ages 16-24 (low-income, BIPOC, POC, LGBTQ+, immigrant, refugee, and others). These agencies are a mix of community-based organizations, public agencies, educational institutions, and more. With the support of the City of Seattle’s Workforce Development Council and Office of Economic Development, Seattle Good Business Network facilitates this communications platform to help foster interagency collaboration, learning, and more.
Keep scrolling to learn more about the CCLIA Forum, our steering committee, and how you can get more involved below!
How do you know if the Career-Connected Learning InterAgency Forum (CCLIA) is for you?
Are you a part of a youth-serving agency (public, private, non-profit, or school representatives)?
Would you like to be more connected to the broader community to build a stronger future for our youth?
We’re seeking professionals and key stakeholders, representing a diverse cross-section of community-based organizations, resource providers, public agencies, case managers, and other youth advocates in the greater Seattle area to join the CCLIA Forum and make our community more informed, resourced, and stronger.
Sign up to join the CCLIA Forum HERE.
Have questions? Reach out to program manager Nico: gro.doogelttaes@ocin
The Career Connected Learning InterAgency Forum:
Integrates co-designed values and guidelines for CCLIA members through a dedicated steering committee (see below).
Provides CCLIA members the ability to share/request/inquire about resources and opportunities pertaining to career and learning opportunities for youth.
Creates a space to share industry-related knowledge, tools, and tactics.
Nurtures a collective space in which a dedicated facilitator can connect and catalyze collaborations amongst the CCLIA members: youth-serving orgs and opportunity providers, employers, etc.
Fosters learning and exposure opportunities through events (virtual), panels, discussions, and more.
The CCLIA Forum platform is currently being co-designed by a dedicated steering committee of 15+ youth-focused professionals and stakeholders who help shape and implement our CCLIA values and objectives. This committee is driven by our collective vision to build stronger relationships in the community and provide a stronger pipeline of resources for healthier and more vibrant youth communities.
What does being on the steering committee entail?
- Understanding and reflecting our shared vision for stronger, de-siloed partnerships in the youth workforce development community
- Attending monthly meetings to help support and co-design the collective mission, function, audience, and content of the platform.
- Preparing for meetings by reviewing materials and considering any questions posed in advance.
- Bringing a positive, can-do perspective, while providing constructive, critical feedback.
- Being an advocate of the initiative to colleagues and the community at large by being an active participant of the platform.
Interested in joining the steering committee or learning more? Email gro.doogelttaes@ocin
Meet our Steering Committee!
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Sean has worked in youth development, education, and workforce development for decade. He currently oversees the Workforce Development Council’s public and private youth and young adult (ages 14-24) investments within Seattle and King County.
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Christine recently began assisting Seattle Good Business Network’s Youth Program as an intern. She earned a B.A. in Urban Sustainability and is interested in how elements of urban design influence social behavior within local communities. She enjoys working directly with youth, encouraging them to trust themselves and their local communities. She believes building a local and youth-centered community can help achieve steps towards environmental and economic justice.
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As the Youth Employment Advisor with OED, I support the development of career experiences for young people so that they can see what drives Seattle’s economy. Through investments and partnerships, Seattle’s youth are supported and prepared to access jobs and careers in our growing economy, and our region’s employers will have the local talent they need to thrive.
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Jody has been with WorkSource for over 12 years working with youth and adults as a case manager. Her role now is to develop relationships with businesses to support hiring needs. She connects business to Youth connections and helps create hiring events, internships, and career pathways to Construction, Manufacturing, Maritime, Aerospace sectors.
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At the Port of Seattle, Consuelo manages workforce development programs that focus on increasing equitable access and opportunities for workers to start living-wage careers in port-related industries — maritime, aviation, construction trades, green careers. She does this by partnering with others to create awareness and refine the talent pipeline for youth, especially underrepresented BIPOC, to learn about these port-related industries and acquire the skills, experience and education they need to be successful.