WIA funding supports several programs for youth this summer, sponsored by the Bergen One Stop Career Center. For our in-school population, we are currently serving youth in four programs throughout the county: Bergen County Special Services School District, Hackensack High School (Drop-in Center), Region V and Ridgefield High School.
These programs offer an array of summer activities. Employment opportunities directly linked to academic and occupational learning work experience is one of the main goals of the WIA youth program. Worksites are geared to youth occupational goals and labor market data that foster career development and career ladders. All community work-based experiences are supported by job coaches and teachers who work with business mentors to assist youth in learning about careers on the job and soft skills that are needed to be successful at work. Public transportation is also incorporated for many youth who may not obtain a driver’s license or do not have the financial resources to purchase a car.