WDC youth programs serve young people across King County with academic support, career exploration opportunities, and work experience to help them achieve in school and in the workplace. 

The WDC Youth Committee provides strategic direction for our youth programs, shaping a youth development system that can both serves youth’s education and vocational needs and readies the next generation of workers in Seattle-King County. 

For youth and employer job resources, please visit our Youth@Work website!

WDC Youth Initiatives

The WDC’s Youth initiatives increase youth employment and training opportunities by supporting programs that:   

  • Provide in-depth services to 900 youth annually in partnership with King County Employment and Education Resources and Seattle Youth Employment Program. These include one-on-one and workshop modules for job search, online applications, resume development, interviewing skills and good work habits.  

  • Support YouthSource, which serves over 1,000 youth annually as King County’s American Job Center.   

  • Support Health Careers for Youth, which allows young people to earn college credit while still in high school and to prepare for employment in healthcare while completing Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certificates.  

  • Engage schools, teachers and students who receive WDC developed career pathways material (including Map Your Career) as part of the Clinton Global Initiative; Schools to Careers Plus. 

  • Sponsor Youth@Work Summer Internships, which have resulted in over 500 jobs or paid internships for youth in 2014 alone.   

  • Sponsor Youth@Work Career Fairs. Local youth and employers participated- resulting in at least 60 direct hires. WDC partners included JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, City of Seattle, King County, and the City of Issaquah.