The Youth Employment Program (YEP) is a 10-12 week paid internship for young people ages 14-24 to gain valuable work experience, set goals, and develop the skills necessary to succeed in future careers. Youth Services offers three sessions during the year – Spring, Summer, and Fall. YEP interns can be placed in positions throughout CITC, as well as with outside employers. Over the course of the program, participants will receive:
- Career assessments and guidance: In partnership with Youth Case Managers, YEP interns will create an “Action Plan” consisting of short- and long-term goals that encompass wellness, education, and career growth.
- Employability training: Interns will receive employability training throughout the course of their internship. This training allows youth to obtain new skills and certifications that can be added to their resume, increasing potential with future employers.
- Referrals to other services: Youth Case Managers will help connect and refer participants to any resources they would benefit from or find interest in and act as advocates for the youth.
- Peer to peer support: Youth will connect with others in the program to build leadership skills and create a support system for each other.
Participants must be Alaska Native/American Indian, age 14 to 24, and priority of internships will be given to low income families. The number and length of placements will be dependent on available funding. For more information, contact Employment and Training Services at 793-3114.
- Rural Youth Services (RYS): RYS offers services similar to the Youth Employment Program Internship for the following Cook Inlet villages: Tyonek, Ninilchik, Chickaloon, Eklutna, Seldovia and Salamatof. RYS coordinates summer employment opportunities with each of the participating tribes.