WorkOne Southwest, which provides one stop workforce services in nine counties in southwest Indiana, is getting ready to launch a new Youth Employment Services (YES) program that will serve the most at-risk youth in the region.
The program is modeled on a program in Indianapolis and will serve youth who have dropped out of school before obtaining a high school diploma. The YES program will utilize private investment to provide services not covered by most government funding. The initiative will provide workforce and training opportunities for individuals ages 17 to 25.
The YES program kick-off is going to be on Oct. 1, and has been made possible through the contributions of Vectren Corporation, German American Bank, and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana (TMMI).
The Grow Southwest Indiana Workforce Board is involved in the development of this new effort, and is working to attract regional businesses to participate in the initiative. “The board has been very supportive of our focus on youth, and the business community has stepped up in a big way to help connect our youth to emerging careers and the connection to their ongoing education,” said Jim Heck, executive director of Grow Southwest Indiana Workforce.
TPMA serves as the Regional Operator for the Workforce Board and offers its congratulations to the leadership and staff at the Board and WorkOne Southwest.