SAY History: The Youth Employment Center
You may already know that SAY operates the John Jordan Foundation Career Hub, a welcoming space for all youth seeking employment or work-readiness skills. But did you know that we have been offering Youth Employment Services since the 1980s?
In fact,Â SAY played a major role in expanding the Youth Employment Center.Â Initially run by the state as a summer job project, the Youth Employment Center operated seasonally from May through mid-August. Over time, the need for year-round employment increased and the limitations of rebuilding a job bank every seasonÂ grew more challenging.Â In 1995, SAY took over the program and expanded it to provide on-going resources to youth. Monthly job seminars, a Summer Leadership Program, and interview training became a huge part of this support.
Today our Career program continues to provide a rich tapestry of services that address the needs of our young people.Â Despite the many challenges we have faced, from wildfires to a global pandemic that has caused high unemployment numbers, our doors remain open.
In celebration of SAYâ€™s 50th Anniversary, we are revisiting the lastÂ five decades of our history and sharing stories of our ever-expanding commitment to the youth. If you would like to celebrate our birthday with us, please visit our events page!