Department of Workforce Development
201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 22, 2014
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DWD Secretary Newson Recognizes Milwaukee Area Youth for Participation in Governor Walker’s Summer Youth Program
Program connected 266 Milwaukee youth with work experience during summer 2014
MILWAUKEE – Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson joined local officials, including Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB) President and CEO Earl Buford, in recognizing Milwaukee-area youths for their participation in 2014 summer employment experiences.
“The Governor’s Summer Youth Employment Program is a reflection of the his strong commitment to the Milwaukee area and in providing youth with the opportunity to develop employment skills, earn a paycheck and connect with local employers, "Secretary Newson said. “The Summer Youth Employment Program plays a key role in helping youths forming connections between school and employment."
Secretary Newson joined officials at a ceremony and Resource Fair at MAWIB's headquarters. The program invested over $450,000 to support work placements for young adults age 14 –24 at work sites throughout the Milwaukee area.
"Summer youth employment is a critical component of workforce development," said Earl Buford, President and CEO, Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board. "These first work experiences are creating a pipeline of workers, which will ensure businesses have a prepared future workforce."
Highlights of the Governor’s 2014 Summer Youth Program include:
- 266 participants were placed at community or faith-based organizations or at private-sector employers in manufacturing, healthcare, construction, information technology, and finance.
- Youth completed a week-long work-readiness training course that covers topics including career exploration, team building exercises, interviewing, work habits, financial literacy, and resume writing.
- Participants complete their work experience with additional vocational skills.
- The young people worked in private sector companies in the
Secretary Newson also noted the program is part of the Governor's comprehensive agenda to develop the workforce in Milwaukee and throughout the state. He noted 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 between both programs.