The Career Development Office provides training and employment services to persons between the ages of 16 and 21. They must meet income eligibility criteria based on 125% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).
In the Youth Employment and Training Program (YETP) youth receive one-on-one and group instruction on job readiness skills which includes completing employment applications, resume development, developing reliable transportation plans, work appropriate dress, and employment interview preparation and practice. Other topics include developing positive interpersonal skills and relationships, problem solving, and contingency planning - all of which is designed to increase participants' level of confidence and increase their ability to achieve success in the workplace.
Once a participant has completed the job readiness training they are placed on job sites for 90 days. During that time the CDO pays half the wages and the employer pays half. CDO staff also provides continuing case management during the 90 day placement, while the young person gains valuable job experience.
For more information regarding YETP, call 316-462-3700.
The Career Development Office also coordinates The Way to Work program, which is a summer youth employment program for 14 and 15 year olds whose families live in Public Housing or in Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher-assisted units. The program provides 20 hours per week of paid employment and training including weekly four-hour workshop sessions on job and career related topics, and 16 hours of job experience.
In the 2012 program, 79 (of 82) youth completed the five-week program.