The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) recently honored the City of Wichita with the 2020 Award of Excellence in Resident and Client Services for the Helping Youth Prepare for Employment (HYPE)/The Way to Work (TWTW) Summer Youth Employment collaboration.
“The HYPE/TWTW collaboration is another example of the fantastic programs and results we get when we work together and we are truly honored to receive this national recognition,” said Housing and Community Services Director Sally Stang
In 2019, the HYPE program was established to assist teens and young adults prepare for employment. HYPE is a collaboration of four community partners in Wichita, Kansas, each working together to leverage services to ensure the success of youth participants. The City of Wichita’s Housing Authority (WHA) participated in this collaboration with their summer youth employment program, TWTW.
During the summer of 2019, HYPE served 3,252 area youth with 1,210 finding employment with over 200 employers. Total wages earned by HYPE participants was $1,403,600.
The NAHRO Award of Excellence program was created 20 years ago to recognize agencies who found innovative ways of making a difference in their communities and in the lives of the people they serve by creating affordable housing, revitalizing their neighborhoods, and developing initiatives such as job readiness programs, public-private partnerships, disaster prevention projects, and more.
About NAHRO: NAHRO, established in 1933, is a membership organization of nearly 20,000 housing and community development agencies and professionals throughout the United States whose mission is to create affordable housing and safe, viable communities that enhance the quality of life for all Americans, especially those of low- and moderate-income. NAHRO's membership administers more than 3 million housing units for 7.6 million people.