Helping today’s youth prepare for tomorrow’s success is a pivotal part of the Workforce Development Center’s mission. The Workforce Development Center offers specialized services to young people between the ages of 16 and 21 through our Youth Opportunity Centers (YOCs) of Riverside County.
By providing young people with access to core skills such as resume and interview preparation, the YOCs help Riverside County youth make their entry into the workplace and realize their full potential. These young people often become leaders in their schools and communities. Centers are located in Riverside, Perris, Hemet, Lake Elsinore, Moreno Valley and Indio.
The Riverside County Workforce Investment Board and the Eastern Municipal Water District partnered on a pilot program for area youth who performed a number of projects this summer as part of a Youth Ecology & Beautification Corps. Riverside County’s Empower Youth Opportunity Center, operated by California Family Life Center, administered the program on behalf of the WIB. The Youth Opportunity Center is funded by the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Six students received hands-on training as part of the first-year program and worked for six weeks to obtain on-the-job training in real-world environments. Students participated both independently and alongside EMWD staff on a number of projects, including the rehabilitation of district-owned fire hydrants, maintenance at the manmade San Jacinto Wetlands and a beautification of the Temecula Valley Regional Water Reclamation Facility. Corps members had the opportunity to shadow EMWD employees, tour district facilities, learn about water and wastewater issues and interview staff across multiple departments to learn more about potential career paths. Both agencies were thrilled with the results of the program and are planning to offer it twice a year in other areas of the county.
The YOCs offer work-readiness training, access to computers, telephones and other tools necessary for successful job searches; assistance preparing for interviews, tutoring, work experience/internship training programs and volunteer opportunities.
Young people who are looking for a job, who want to upgrade their skills or who would like work experience can find detailed information at www.myiecareer.com. In addition, myiecareer.com will provide young people with academic and career advisement and have access to labor market trends.
The services for youth provided at the YOCs are authorized under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). To be eligible for these services, youth must meet certain age requirements, considered low-income and meet at least one of six specific barriers to employment.
A year-round youth program teaches young people basic skills, provides opportunities for occupational and academic training and offers more information about the job market. The program, which concentrates on out-of-school youth, provides tutoring, work experience, counseling and other important services that will help young people become successful members of the community.
For more information please visit us at www.myiecareer.com