DLIR NEWS RELEASE: State awarded $2.25 million for youth disability workforce development

Hawaii

~~"Hawaii Youth At Work! Program Expands to Year Around
The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) was awarded $2.25 million in federal funds to help prepare youth with disabilities to enter the workforce or post-secondary education. The funding enables Hawaii Youth At Work! summer participants to obtain paid work experience during the year, coupled with employment preparation activities….

The program is a collaboration between the Department of Human Services (DHS) and DLIR. DHS’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division, and Social Services Division counselors and staff work with DLIR workforce staff to place participants in temporary jobs with the State and Counties…..

In 2016, the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) provided 153 youth with disabilities paid work experience in State and County offices on the islands of Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Hawaii. Youth were paid $10.00 an hour and worked up to twenty hours per week during the summer months. SYEP 2017 expanded referrals to include youth participants from the DHS’s Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division and Social Services Division in addition to VR. 125 participants were placed in State and City offices on the islands of Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Hawaii.”

State Policies & Initiatives: 
Systems-Change Funding
Systems: 
  • Other
Topics: 
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Other: 
  • Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
Date Enacted: 
10/16/2017
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