2021 Youth Work Program
In partnership with many area agencies, Pittsylvania County has is supporting a summer youth work program that will provide meaningful work experience for approximately 25 county residents between the ages of 16 and 24. The application process will be announced soon.
This program is the result of collaboration between Pittsylvania County Schools, the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, Pittsylvania County Community Action, the West Piedmont Workforce Development Board (WPWDB), and Pittsylvania County. Dr. Julie Brown, Director of Advanced Learning and Research at the Institute, developed the program structure. The West Piedmont Workforce Development Board will serve as the lead agency and fiscal agent and provide intern support services while the Institute will provide project facilitation and evaluation services.
“Work-based learning experiences such as job shadowing, internships and apprenticeships, are critical to helping youth explore career opportunities and gain experience,” said Dr. Julie Brown from the Institute. “These opportunities also provide employers with access to the emerging talent pool and are an effective low-risk recruitment strategy.”
Where does the money come from?
The Pittsylvania County Youth Summer Work Program is made possible through funding from various sources and agencies, including:
- A contribution of as much as $75,000 from Pittsylvania County
- A $10,000 contribution from Institute on behalf of the Dan River Region Collaborative (DRRC)
- WIOA funds for eligible out-of-school youth participants from the WPWDB