Leon County Commissioners voted to approve a partnership with CareerSource Capital Region for training and funding of the Leon County Government Summer Youth Training Program. The current cost to the County for the Summer Youth Program is $80,000. Through this agreement, the County and CareerSource would share the cost, each expending $40,000.
Leon County’s Summer Youth Program, established in 2000, provides entry-level summer jobs to Leon County youth at various County departments and divisions. The program also provides job readiness training to participants.
With this agreement, CareerSource will administer the work skills training sessions through its Dynamic Futures Program, funded by a federal grant through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
In order to qualify for WIOA funding, applicants will be screened by CareerSource for certain at-risk criteria, including high school drop outs, pregnant youth and/or teen parents, and children that are or have been in foster care. Applicants who do not qualify as at-risk will be paid for with County funds.
Funding for these positions are included in the FY2018 budget. It is estimated that of the 63 positions available, 23 would be filled by youth that do not meet the at-risk criteria.