The WIA Westchester Workforce Development Academy for Youth (WWDAY) Programs provides High School Juniors and Seniors from the Mount Vernon City School District with a comprehensive program that enables youth to transition into adulthood and gain economic self sufficiency through:
By focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) projects and curriculum we provide innovative opportunities that broaden the horizons of our youth.
10 WIA Elements
This program is generously funded through a grant from the Westchester/Putnam Local Workforce Investment Board and the Westchester County Department of Social Services. This program is made possible through a collaborative effort through the City of Mount Vernon Youth Bureau and the Mount Vernon City School District.
The Career Center serves students at Mount Vernon High School. Youth are provided with the opportunity to receive information on Job Fairs and community/volunteer services and referrals including the Westchester County Rye Playland Job Fair. College and career workshops are offered through the Career Center. This program has been financially supported through the New York State Department of Health as a result of the Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (CAPP) Program.
Youth are interviewed and hired to work during after-school hours throughout the year. This program requires the youth’s participation in bi-weekly, youth development workshops. Youth are placed within churches, daycares and schools to tutor and mentor young children.
Youth, ages 14-21, to receive comprehensive basic job readiness and occupational skills training. Participants are provided with employment opportunities and community service projects throughout the summer. Some of the program participants reside at the Youth Shelter of Westchester, Inc., which is an alternative to incarceration program located within the city. This program has been financially supported by the Westchester County Board of legislators.
Through partnership with the Westchester Community College Foundation, the Westchester Community College Mount Vernon Extension Center and the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Inc., high school students are equipped with the knowledge, skills and abilities that are needed to develop a small business. This unique program introduced youth, ages 15-17, to the basic principles of planning and managing a business, while exposing them to the college environment. Youth participate in business competitions, educational field trips and motivational seminars. Participants have the opportunity to travel to various companies to meet with Company Executives.
Westchester – Putnam Workforce Investment Board (WIB) Private Sector Summer Employment Program – The Mount Vernon Youth Bureau extends Youth Employment Programs to youth ages 18-24 and include a customer friendly work readiness curriculum, interviews and placement. This program is a collaboration between the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau, the Westchester County Business Council and the New York State Department of Labor.
Funding from the Westchester/ Putnam Local Workforce Investment Board and the Westchester County Department of Social Services allows youth, ages 14-18, to participate in paid work experiences throughout the summer. The Bureau focuses on green job initiatives, which allow participants to work within the Departments of Management Services, Public Works, Planning and Water Supply.
The Mount Vernon Youth Bureau created the C.I.T. Program for youth ages 13-14. C.I.T’s are employed at the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau Safe Haven Summer Camp for six weeks. During the six weeks, C.I.T.s gain valuable insights to what it takes to become a responsible youth counselors.