Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training


Youth Workforce Development Fair

April 4, 2008

When: Wednesday, April 9, 9am –noon

Where: Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, Cranston

Forty-one exhibitors, including Year Up, The RI Mentoring Partnership, the Boys and Girls Club of Providence and City Year, set up shop at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet Wednesday morning for a Youth Service Provider Resource Fair. More than 100 educators, business representatives and other youth service providers are expected to attend this informational event, designed to familiarize different players in the youth workforce development system with each other’s work.

Chief of Statewide Youth Services Lori Norris of the RI Dept. of Labor and Training explains, “Rhode Island’s young people represent our future workforce, and they need an array of skills—career exploration, workplace skills, leadership training, mentoring—to make that transition successfully. By bringing youth workforce development providers together under one roof, we can help our different stakeholders better understand each other’s work and identify new opportunities to collaborate and leverage funding.”

In 2005, the local and state workforce boards aligned youth services into a single model–the Rhode Island Youth Workforce Development System. This system details a unified approach to assessing, serving and educating youth ages 14-24. Additional funding from the Governor’s Workforce Board RI has allowed this model to serve all youth engaged in the system, not just those most at-risk. The program has been notably successful, with the number of youth served growing from 600 in 2006 to 2,731 in 2007, and the cost per youth served dropping from $8,400 to $1,217.

Wednesday’s fair is timed to correspond with youths’ summer job search. Youth interested in finding out about summer work, intern and job shadow opportunities can visit one of the eight youth centers located throughout the state to meet with a workforce development counselor. They can also explore careers and job opportunities on the Youth Works web portal, at www.dlt.ri.gov/youthworks.


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About the RI Department of Labor and Training

The RI Department of Labor and Training offers employment services, educational services and economic opportunity to both individuals and employers. DLT protects Rhode Island's workforce by enforcing labor laws, prevailing wage rates and workplace health and safety standards. The department also provides temporary income support to unemployed and temporarily disabled workers. For more information on the programs and services available to all Rhode Islanders, please call the RI Department of Labor and Training at (401) 462-8000 or visit the web site at www.dlt.ri.gov.