We’re addressing needs found throughout Grays Harbor’s rural communities.

One in five Washington employers report difficulty finding qualified applicants.

With a population of 72,970, Grays Harbor County has many poverty-related challenges, illustrated by the 2013 Community Health Report on economic conditions affecting families, children, and youth.

The unemployment rate in Grays Harbor County is 10.8% compared to 5.5% statewide. 24% of young adults graduate from college or receive technical degrees compared to 42% statewide. 85.1% of persons age 25 and over the graduated from high school compared to 90% statewide.

The number of people estimated to be living on incomes below the Federal Poverty Level increased compared to the statewide numbers.

This report supports Grays Harbor Youth Works mission to engage and transform its county youth by providing opportunity for high school students to participate in a program modeled after college-level internship programs.