Providing Career Connected learning opportunities to build prosperous and rewarding futures.
Grays Harbor Youth Works was founded in 2013 with the help of community residents concerned with the well-being of the youth in Grays Harbor County.
We operate specifically for the purpose of providing 15–19-year-old high school students with a $200 scholarship. These internships offer the student with 20% job shadowing and 80% hands-on experience in the business and nonprofit sectors. The student is also advised and evaluated by a mentor at the business host site.
Thirty five percent of the students in the program are offered permanent part-time jobs and 30% of the students are offered summer jobs. 20% of the juniors in the program are asked to repeat the program in their senior year.
We’ve grown to work with 13 school districts, and we’ve seen a 45% increase in the number of participating businesses, nonprofits, and public-sector organizations. A new summer program launched in 2017 that focuses on students with disabilities with the Arc of Grays Harbor.
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