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, SAY played a major role in expanding the Youth Employment Center. 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 season grew more challenging. 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. 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 SAY’s 50th Anniversary, we are revisiting the last 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!