Nearly 200 Tri-Valley young people were employed over the past two summers in the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), conducted by the Tri-Valley Community Foundation in partnership with Alameda County Workforce Investment Board (WIB), and Las Positas College. Leveraging economic stimulus funding, this year's program targeted young people in families hit hardest by the current economic downturn.
"In the middle of one of the worst recessions in U.S. history, local businesses stepped up to give our young people summer employment," said Aaron Ortiz, program officer for the foundation. .
To celebrate the success, the Tri-Valley Community Foundation and the Tri-Valley Business Council will host a forum on Thursday, Sept. 9, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The event will be held at the Robert Livermore Event Center, Palo Verde Room, at 4444 East Ave., in Livermore.
"This forum will allow the youth and businesses involved in the summer program to interact with the community," said David Rice, president and CEO of the Tri-Valley Community Foundation.
"We want to encourage more businesses to participate in youth employment projects like this, which help young people develop school-to-career skills," Rice added.
Participating students from Las Positas College produced a video about the summer employment program that will be shown at the event. Officials from city and county governments, business leaders, and educators will also participate in the forum.
Those in the community who want to join us are encouraged to RSVP by calling 734-9965.