Contact: Melissa Navas, Multnomah County Communications Office, 971-371-0587
Michael Cox, Office of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, 503-823-4046
Local governments, employers to welcome youth to SummerWorks internship program
A record 1,150 youth will gain real-world work experience in jobs across metro region
(Portland, Ore.) — On Friday, June 30, Multnomah County and the City of Portland will join local governments and businesses in welcoming a record number of youth who will participate in SummerWorks internships during a kickoff event at Portland State University.
About 1,150 youth, ages 16 to 24, will take part in the SummerWorks internship program at job sites across Multnomah and Washington counties. As a result of increased investments and partnerships, about 115 more young people will participate than in 2016. Youth will work at about 200 job sites representing the public, private and nonprofit sectors.
“I’m proud to kick off another season of SummerWorks, an amazing program that gives young people real-life experience in the workforce with access to mentoring that will help prepare them for the high-skill jobs we know are coming to our region,” Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said.
SummerWorks is a public-private partnership that is locally supported by Worksystems, Inc., Multnomah County, the City of Portland, Washington County, the City of Beaverton, TriMet, Portland Public Schools, the Hillsboro School District, the Oregon Department of Human Services, and local private businesses.
Young people work in paid 180-hour internships and also receive mentoring and job training. The program primarily serves young people who are low income or from diverse communities.
At the kickoff event Friday, SummerWorks youth will network with employers and can sign up for bank accounts. They will listen to speakers including Commissioner Smith; Maurice Henderson, Mayor Wheeler’s Chief of Staff; Gresham City Councilor Jerry Hinton; and this year’s keynote speaker, Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Adrienne Nelson.Adrienne Nelson is a circuit (trial) court judge and the second African-American female judge in Oregon's history. She is a frequent speaker on a number of topics including diversity, inclusion, equity, community engagement, leadership and professional development. Throughout her career, Judge Nelson has been, and continues to be, involved in a number of national, state and local bar associations, including several specialty bar associations, often serving within the organizations in a leadership capacity. Within the community, she sits on the Reed College Board of Trustees; chairs the Self Enhancement, Inc. Board of Directors; sits on the Oregon Community Foundation Metropolitan Portland Leadership Council and chairs the outreach to the Black community committee; and chairs the Girl Scouts Beyond the Bars Advisory Board. She has been recognized by a number of community and professional organizations for her service to others and helping people to succeed by living their best lives.
For more information about SummerWorks, visit the Worksystems, Inc. website.
SummerWorks Internship Program Kickoff
Friday, June 30
9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Portland State University Lincoln Performance Hall
1620 S.W. Park Ave., Portland