H. Luke Shaefer

Washtenaw County Summer Youth Employment Program

Research Project Description

The University of Michigan, in partnership with Washtenaw County, Michigan Works! Southeast and the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, proposes to help increase access to critical job experiences through expansion of the Washtenaw County Summer Youth Employment Program, an employment and mentorship initiative that pairs local businesses with young adults in Washtenaw County. U-M acts as an active partner in the administration of the program and a major employer for participating youth, employing roughly half of the participants each summer. The program provides youth with summer income, structured activities, exposure to a thriving college community, mentors and on-the-job training. It is an investment in an innovative solution at the local level, ensuring youth gain critical job skills through experiences that enhance the quality of the Washtenaw County workforce.

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

Funding Period: 3/15/2019 to 10/30/2020

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