The 2016 Kenosha County Summer Youth Employment Program represents a successful public-private partnership between Kenosha County, the Kenosha Unified School District, Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha, Community Impact Programs and our mentoring worksites in the community.
2016 marks the eighth successful year of the program with 206 of Kenosha’s highest risk youth working over 24,000 hours during the eight weeks of the program. Since the start of the program in 2008, juvenile crime over the summer months has decreased by 70%. 113 in-school youth participating in the program received ½ credit towards High School graduation through KUSD and 33 youths have obtained unsubsidized employment during or upon completion of the program.
“I’m glad I got the opportunity to learn about jobs and be able to go into the work field now having the knowledge that I have from this program.” JB, youth worker.
Youth Ages 14-21 gained work experience skills working at 38 total worksites across Kenosha County: 5 Not-for-Profit agencies, 22 Private companies and 11 Government agencies (includes school worksites).
The Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha is a youth guidance organization dedicated to promoting health, social, educational, vocational, cultural, character and leadership development. The club helps youth improve their lives by building skills, values and self-esteem in order to prevent potential gang involvement and alcohol and/or drug abuse.