Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary
Department of Workforce Development
201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 27, 2015
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DWD Secretary Newson Recognizes Milwaukee Area Youth for Participation in Governor Walker’s Summer Youth Program
Program provided 257 youth with 51 employers for work experiences
MILWAUKEE – Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson joined local officials yesterday, including Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB) Youth Services Director Robert Cherry, in recognizing Milwaukee area youth who participated in Governor Walker's Summer Youth Employment program.
"Governor’s Walker continues his strong commitment to the Milwaukee area through important initiatives like the Summer Youth Employment Program by connecting teens and young adults with local employers to develop employment skills and earn a paycheck," said Secretary Newson. "With help from our local partners, Wisconsin's program investment is equipping Milwaukee's next generation of workers with the critical job skills required for employment success."
Secretary Newson and local officials participated in a ceremony during a Resource Fair at MAWIB's headquarters to congratulate program participants and highlight program outcomes:
- Wisconsin's $450,000 investment supported work placements for 257 young adults ages 14-24 at 38 community or faith-based organizations or at 13 private-sector employers in many industries throughout the Milwaukee area.
- Youth completed a week-long work-readiness training course that offered individualized assessments, soft skills development, resume writing, interviewing skills, job coaching, and financial literacy.
- Youth complete their work experience with additional vocational skills and are prepared for their return to school or for entry-level employment.
Find more information about DWD's youth employment programs at http://www.dwd.wisconsin.gov/dwdwia/youth/.