Department of Workforce Development
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P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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Governor's Workforce Agenda Invests Over $940,000 to Link Milwaukee-Area Youth with Summer, Vocational Rehabilitation Programs

MILWAUKEE – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson today joined local leaders to announce over $450,000 in funds to support the 2014 Governor’s Summer Youth Employment program. Secretary Newson also highlighted the $491,000 in paid work experiences for Milwaukee County youth that DWD's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation invested in federal fiscal year 2013, for a combined total investment of over $940,000.

"Governor Walker's Summer Youth Employment Program provides Milwaukee teens and young adults with the opportunity to develop skills that will help them build a foundation toward their future careers," Secretary Newson said. “In addition, through our vocational rehabilitation program, youths and young adults with disabilities are working to achieve employment outcomes with employers across Milwaukee County. Each programs is a win-win for Milwaukee area employers and for the area's youth and young adults.”

2014 Governor's Summer Youth Program

The Governor's Summer Youth Program will support local summer work placements for at least 225 Milwaukee teens and young adults age 14 to 24. The Governor directed the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) to award approximately $450,000 in general purpose revenue to the Milwaukee-area Workforce Investment Board and Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee, which will jointly administer the program. Highlights include:

Governor Walker’s Summer Youth Employment program is an example of the significant investments his administration has made to develop Milwaukee’s workforce, support job creation and strengthen the local economy. DWD is a partner in the Governor’s Transform Milwaukee initiative, which is spearheaded by the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority to restore and grow Milwaukee’s economy.

DVR Program for Youth

Governor Walker proclaimed 2014 as the Year of A Better Bottom Line to highlight successful operations thanks in part to the contributions of people with disabilities, while urging other employers to consider an often overlooked skilled and capable workforce.

DVR assists over 17,000 individuals with disabilities, and in fiscal year 2013, it helped 3,840 consumers achieve their employment goals. These newly employed individuals are projected to earn $66.3 million annually, more than double the taxpayer investment in their services. DVR provided over 1,400 paid work experiences to youth with disabilities (ages 14-24), with expenditures of $2.3 million on that service for youth during the year.

"We encourage youth with disabilities in the Milwaukee area and elsewhere in Wisconsin to seek out DWD's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) services for employment opportunities such as paid work experiences that will help them be successful in reaching their job goals. Governor Walker recognizes that all youth should have the same opportunity to finding a pathway to employment and independence and would like to recognize this in support of his Year of A Better Bottom Line initiative."

Fiscal year 2013 highlights for Milwaukee County youth include:

Examples of OJT and internship placements over the past year include:

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