About This Initiative

Strong Future Las Vegas youth employment program provides workforce readiness training and employment to youth in Las Vegas.

Our workforce readiness training offers a seven-session course taught by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and includes resume writing, time management, interview techniques, ethics, and professionalism. Our adult advisors work closely with youth and their worksite supervisors to provide feedback and guidance, ensuring a meaningful and productive work experience.

Summer Jobs

Working for the summer helps youth explore varied career opportunities, enhance essential workplace skills, and establish valuable relationships with the business community for future job opportunities.

After-School Jobs

Strong Future Las Vegas youth employment program continually runs job readiness training, including financial literacy, communication and conflict management skills, and provides a range of comprehensive supports based on youth need. After completing this training, youth are matched with an after-school job and are supported by an adult advisor to encourage commitment to both work and school responsibilities.

Additional Partnership Opportunities

The Mayor’s Fund is seeking community partners who can enhance the offerings and experience of the Youth Employment Program. Current requests include:

  • Hire a youth to work at your organization
  • Sponsor youth to work at another organization
  • Sponsor lifeguard certification classes
  • Sponsor additional adult advisors
  • 702-229- LIFE (5433)

Hire/Sponsor Youth

Hire your future workforce today. Experiential learning is an important part of youth workforce readiness.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What will it cost for my business to participate?

For employers paying youth directly, the cost will not exceed $2520 for a youth working 30 hours per week for a 7-week duration. This model is based on the youth, making $12 per hour. Employers are asked to pay a minimum of $10 per hour and provide youth with the opportunity to work 25-30 hours per week.

If I don’t have job opportunities for the summer, are there other ways I can support the Strong Future Las Vegas Summer Youth Employment Program?

Yes! Even if you are not able to hire youth directly, your contribution of $3,000 covers the cost of a youth to gain valuable work experience at a non-profit or public agency for the summer. Click here for more information on how to become a Strong Future Las Vegas Summer Youth Employment sponsor.

What are the benefits of hiring a young person through the Strong Future Las Vegas Summer Youth Employment Program?

Research shows that summer employment programs help youth build new and valuable skills. One study of summer jobs programs, funded by Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), found that nearly 75% of youth summer job participants improved their work readiness skills (1).

Over the last couple of summers, YDSI has witnessed the benefits that summer youth employment can bring to a community: youth were connected to the labor force; community members earned needed income, and, in turn, supported the local economy.

These young adults can meet your real business needs and fill vacancies all while learning the skills that are important for real life such as being on time and communicating effectively as a professional. Our future workforce is being built today. By hiring youth through the Strong Future Las Vegas Summer Youth Employment Program, you will have access to some of Las Vegas’ rising stars, many of whom will return to your organization in the coming years.

How long does the program typically last?

Youth will participate in a seven-session workforce readiness training during spring 2018. Most summer employment opportunities begin during the first week of June and end in early August. Youth may be willing and able to continue working beyond our program and throughout the school year as well.

What kind of support can I expect from Strong Future Las Vegas Summer Youth Employment Program staff?

Youth are matched with a job coach to ensure the experience is beneficial for both parties.

Will I be able to interview youth candidates?

Yes, YDSI staff will screen candidates that match your criteria and help to coordinate a time for the
interview with your business.

Youth Sign-up

Explore a variety of industries through intensive case management, training services, educational programs and supportive services.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are these positions first come first serve?

No, these opportunities are based on each student’s resume and completion of the work readiness training. Students in the city of Las Vegas Batteries Included program are given first priority. Students are encouraged to complete their resume prior to applying for jobs.

Why is the resume important?

The Strong Future Las Vegas is a comprehensive youth employment program aimed to help youth gain the skills needed for the workforce. Resumes are an important part of the application process, as well as the college entrance process. Students are encouraged to meet with an adult adviser to learn how to build a resume.

Is transportation provided for youth?

No, however bus passes are made available on a case by case basis.

Can I participate if I am under the age of 16?

Students must be at least 16 years old to participate in the Strong Future Las Vegas youth employment program.
We do have other opportunities for student that are under the age of 16:

  • Batteries Included Teen Councils
  • Ignite Middle School Leadership Program
  • JAG, Gear Up, etc

Important Dates

January

  • Application opens at strongfuturelv.gov
  • Employer recruitment begins
  • Partnership meeting, next steps, checklist and employer toolkit

February

  • Youth applications open

March – April

  • Job Fair
  • Employer orientation
  • Youth and parent program orientation
  • Employers begin interviewing candidates

May

  • Drug test clearance and background checks
  • Job sites assigned

June – July

  • Employment commences
  • Youth completes work-based learning path with supervisor or success coach
  • Strong Future LV staff provides support to youth and employers
  • Strong Future LV staff performs employee evaluations

August

  • Employer performs employee evaluation
  • Employer provides feedback to Strong Future LV staff