Uplifting our youth and local economy
Our youth programming seeks to engage youth in the growth of a thriving – and sustainable – regional economy. From manufacturing to entrepreneurship to professional & public services services, we connect youth will hands-on paid opportunities to learn from local experts and develop in-demand career skills.
We work to expand and support quality and emergent, career and experiential learning pathways (i.e. internships, mentorships, tours, and other career-exposure opportunities) for under-resourced youth (primarily low-income Black, Brown, and Indigenous 16-24 year olds).
Youth programming includes:
- Internship opportunities with local micro-businesses
- Mentorship opportunities with subject-matter experts
- Virtual networking and resource-sharing opportunities (via the Career Connected Learning Interagency Forum)
- Educational programming related to business sustainability and workforce development
- Other emergent needs as expressed by our youth and youth organizations, such as: tours of local production spaces, panel events with local entrepreneurs and manufacturers, the Youth Board, and more!
Our youth programming is founded on interagency collaboration, co-designed initiatives, and driving equitable opportunities.
Career Connected Learning Interagency Forum
The Career-Connected Learning Interagency Forum (CCLIA) is a virtual communications platform that convenes stakeholders dedicated to serving youth through fostering new partnerships and strengthening resource pipelines for youth.
Our Internship Program helps to connect local youth and young adults from all backgrounds experience levels to meaningful learning, career, and leadership opportunities. We strive to particularly support individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities.