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City announces Year-Round Youth Employment Program

The Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP), sponsored by the Seattle Human Services Department, announces the launch of a new year-round pre-employment program to support 200 youth and young adults grow as community leaders and prepare for future work and career opportunities. This is an expansion to the current summer-only SYEP internship program. The new model will provide job-readiness skills, career navigation, exploration and skill building through job readiness workshops employer site visits and professional networking opportunities. The skills and knowledge gained in the year-round program, along with SYEP support services, will prepare participants for success in their summer internships. The year-round model will run from October 2019 to August 2020. Beginning in October, participants will attend weekly sessions and participate in team activities, skills workshops, one on one coaching and support services, assessments, and attending career discovery days. Participants will earn a maximum stipend of $250 per module. Those who complete the series will have a guaranteed 150-hour internship that pays $16 per hour in the summer of 2020.

ICYMI: Data shows Navigation Team successful in connecting more people to shelter, services while increasing clean-up capacity

The Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) released Quarter 2 (Q2) performance metrics for the City of Seattle’s Navigation Team, which is comprised outreach workers, field coordinators, and police officers that work to connect people living unsheltered to shelter and support services. The Q2 data shows the team working at a higher capacity, connecting more people to shelter when compared to the first quarter of 2019, and increasing operational capacity to better address unmanaged encampments posing public access, health, and safety concerns. When compared to Quarter 1 (Q1), the Navigation Team saw the following increases in Q2: • 16 percent increase in unique individuals engaged by the Navigation Team; • 10 percent increase in unique individuals referred to shelters; • 47 Navigation Team reserved beds available daily, rising from 17 beds available in Q1 o More beds available in basic shelters, tiny house villages, and enhanced shelters; and • 79 more referrals to enhanced shelter and tiny house villages than in Q1.