The Board’s Youth Initiative is focused around unmet needs of area youth ages 13-26, especially in the areas of leadership, education and workforce development.  While considering various options for a local youth center, the WIA is partnering with The Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Social Concern on the Community Resource Connections Program.

The goal of the Community Resource Connections Program is to connect the youth residents ages 13-26 of Waverly, Better Waverly and Ednor Gardens-Lakeside communities with workforce development trainings, leadership opportunities and career readiness resources. The CRCP will organize and host seasonal events, including Youth Works summer employment application assistance sessions, Youth Employment Fair and Back to School Fair. WIA will also be collaborating with community partners, non- profit organizations and local employers to tailor workforce development and leadership programs around the needs and wants of our youth.

We are very excited about the future of this program and are ready to make a positive impact in the lives of our youth. To better understand WIA’s goals for the Youth Center program, please review the Youth Center Powerpoint. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the information presented in the Powerpoint or for youth programming/ events in general, please contact [email protected]