Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County and Bank of America Announce $150,000 Year-Long Youth Workforce Development Partnership

Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County and Bank of America Announce $150,000 Year-Long Youth Workforce Development Partnership

September 4, 2019

SEATTLE, WA – The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (WDC) and Bank of America announce a $150,000 year-long partnership tosupport the WDC’s Youth at Work Summer Employment Program.

Bank of America and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County share a commitment to connect low-income youth to meaningful employment opportunities. Funding will expand participation in the Youth at Work Summer Employment Program that will run through June 2020, through paid internships for 25 economically disadvantaged youth at a variety of worksites, with an emphasis on high-growth industry sectors.

The mission of the WDC is to support a strong economy and the ability of each person to achieve self-sufficiency. Under the direction of the WDC, Youth at Work sponsors summer job opportunities for youth ages 14 to 24, supports the development of their workplace skills, and assists employers in evolving a future workforce.

“We’ve long supported WDC because of their ability to provide our local youth with the tools, resources and encouragement needed to lead them on a path toward financial stability,” said Kerri Schroeder, Seattle Market President for Bank of America. “The individuals WDC serves want the same thing we all want: the ability to have a good job and make enough money to support ourselves and our families. By supporting and strengthening these opportunities for our local youth, we help close the poverty gap and build a more economically thriving community.”

This year alone, Bank of America has given $735,000 in economic mobility grants to non-profit organizations working to change lives across the Puget Sound region. In addition, Bank of America’s signature Student Leaders© program offers young people an opportunity to build their workforce and leadership skills through a paid summer internship at a local nonprofit and the ability to help improve their communities. Bank of America has helped chart a path for more than 75 local Student Leaders since the program started in 2015. The Bank also partners with the Boys and Girls Club to provide summer internships to 10 BGC students who are learning banker skills in community financial centers located in low- and moderate-income communities. These locations offer access to tailored financial education, expert professionals, job opportunities, affordable homeownership solutions, and potential capital for small businesses. 

The programs and initiatives mentioned above only skim the surface of the workforce development efforts facilitated by Bank of America locally. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 19.6 percent of our state's young adults were unemployed in 2015. The WDC’s target population, particularly out-of-school youth, face a complex range of challenges – 41 percent of disconnected youth in south King County have a history of mental illness, are involved with the juvenile justice or foster care systems, or need specialized academic or social support. Many also have urgent needs related to basic stabilization, physical and mental health, and other challenging life circumstances.

Research shows that youth employment improves long-term financial well-being, while increasing cognitive and non-cognitive skills, such as grit, responsibility, determination, and self-confidence. When young people are employed, they are less likely to be involved in criminal activity and are better able to attain self-sufficiency in the future.

Marie Kurose, CEO of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, stated, “Thanks to this grant, we can connect more youth to opportunities that set them up for lifelong success. This is one part—an important and vital part—of ensuring that our region is doing all it can to create equitable outcomes for our youth.”


About the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County

The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (, @SeattleKingWDC) is a nonprofit workforce think-tank and grant-making organization that oversees employment-related programs for youth, the adult workforce, and employers in King County, with the goal of a strong economy and self-sufficiency for every resident.

About Bank of America

At Bank of America, we’re guided by a common purpose to help make financial lives better, through the power of every connection. We’re delivering on this through responsible growth with a focus on our environmental, social and governance (ESG) leadership. ESG is embedded across our eight lines of business and reflects how we help fuel the global economy, build trust and credibility, and represent a company that people want to work for, invest in and do business with. It’s demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our clients, and the impact we make around the world in helping local economies thrive. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships with nonprofits and advocacy groups, such as community, consumer and environmental organizations, to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact. Learn more, and connect with us on Twitter (@BofA_News).

WorkSource Seattle-King County Expands through New Sites & Partnerships

Free jobseeker and business services now available at forty-four locations throughout King County


Seattle, Wash. – The public workforce system of services known as the American One-Stop Job Network and “WorkSource” throughout Washington State has expanded in Seattle-King County. WorkSource Seattle-King County has expanded to 44 locations under the oversight of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County and partners. New sites and partnerships broaden the system’s geographical reach and make services more accessible to a wide range of youth, adults, and businesses. Tax dollars at work provide employment and training services free of charge—including résumé and interview support, access to technology, employer hiring events, and more.

WorkSource Seattle-King County now includes 2 Centers offering access to all services, 6 Affiliates offering access to most services, and 36 Connection Sites offering electronic access to many available services (See map and menu of services here). All WorkSource locations are chosen strategically based on demand, with many featuring specialized staff to assist the diverse needs of job seekers and businesses. During the last program year, WorkSource Seattle-King County provided 206,689 staff-assisted services to 31,079 jobseekers in King County.

“WorkSource Seattle-King County exists to weave access to career opportunities into the fabric of our communities, connecting in-demand business with talented individuals,” says Beth Blanchard, WorkSource System Director at the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. 

The WorkSource system’s 36 Connection Sites are founded on interagency partnerships through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and provide access to WorkSource employment and training services in historically underserved communities. By partnering with a broad array of organizations typically serving niche populations with resources and services not exclusively related to employment or education—including housing, English language classes, disability resources, and mental health resources—WorkSource Seattle-King County expands and complements these opportunities to assist individuals working towards self-sufficiency.

“We are pleased to thank all of our local partners for their investment in our Seattle-King County system of WorkSource sites, and the creative, integrated thinking that continues to expand broad and diverse services for individuals at every stage of their career journey,” says Dot Fallihee, Interim CEO at the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County.

LinkWorkSource Seattle-King County Map & Menu of Services

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WDC Announces Governor's YouthWorks Award

WDC awarded YouthWorks grant to serve King County young people

Seattle, Wash. – The Workforce Development Council (WDC) of Seattle-King County, is pleased is to announce a $418,003 award as part of the statewide YouthWorks grants that create internships and work experience for thousands of young people. The YouthWorks grant will provide internships and other work-based learning experiences for thousands of youth and help re-engage those who have dropped out or are at-risk of not graduating from high school.

“This grant will provide internships and other work-based learning experiences for thousands of youth,” says Marléna Sessions, Chief Executive Officer of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. “We’re excited to expand our efforts in re-engaging our region’s disconnected youth and setting them on career pathways to achieve self-sufficiency.”

Last Thursday, Governor Jay Inslee joined employers and youth at Seattle’s SRG Partnership to spotlight successful King County youth career readiness projects. Inslee also announced the winners of a new round of funding to help thousands of youth across Washington prepare for meaningful, living-wage careers, and the education opportunities necessary to attain them.

“It is inspiring to see these young people and their business mentors working together to create exciting new aspirations and futures,” Inslee said. “The numbers speak for themselves. This effort is successfully helping young people plan for their futures and get ready with top-quality job-skills and mentors.”

Since the program began in 2013, YouthWorks has doubled the number of young people doing internships at local employers, doubled the number of youth matched with employer mentors, and tripled the number of youth who designed a specific career plan at YouthWorks sites across Washington.

With the help of its partners, Highline Public Schools, Juma Ventures, YouthCare, and the YMCA of Greater Seattle, this WDC initiative will increase youth awareness and access to high-demand, high-wage careers by introducing youth to the world of work and career fields, developing skills, and strengthening personal networks.

For more information about the Workforce Development Council, job seeker programs and workforce initiatives, visit or call 206-448-0474.

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Danielle Wallace
Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County
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