LB’s career services for youth wins national recognition

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youth-summer-jobsThe City of Long Beach has won the National League of Cities’ Award for Municipal Excellence for Creating a Youth-Driven Career Center program.

The Creating a Youth-Driven Career Center program is a reinvention of the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network’s youth service strategies, which focuses on providing opportunities to engage youth in the design and creation of physical spaces, outreach messages, collateral materials, actual products, key policy-making and critical community connections.

“The City of Long Beach is very proud to receive this award from the National League of Cities in recognition of our efforts and commitment to our youth,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “With 40 percent of our population under the age of 25, the Youth Opportunity Center plays an important role in the city.”

“We are really excited that our programs for young adults are being recognized at a national level. Proactive young-adult programs like these are critical to our city. Just last summer, through Recovery dollars, the Youth Opportunity Center put 1,200 youth to work and $1.7 million in to our local economy,” City Manager Pat West said.

The City of Long Beach won a Gold award, and was one of eight cities selected to receive the Award for Municipal Excellence at the National League of Cities’ (NLC) 2009 Congress of Cities & Exposition in San Antonio, Texas. This year marks the 20th anniversary of this prestigious award.

“These eight Awards for Municipal Excellence cities have improved the quality of life for their citizens by developing creative solutions to pressing local problems,” said Donald J. Borut, NLC executive director. “I congratulate them for establishing model programs that can serve as positive examples for other cities.”

These awards are divided into four population categories, with two winners in each category — Gold and Silver. Gold winners will receive cash awards of $2,000 and Silver winners receive $1,000. The cash awards will be donated to community nonprofit organizations of the city’s choice.

As a Gold winner, Long Beach will donate their award to the community non-profit organization of its choice.

“I congratulate Long Beach and its Creating a Youth-Driven Career Center program for receiving this award,” said Donald J. Borut, NLC executive director. “Long Beach’s program has improved the quality of life for its citizens by developing a creative solution to a pressing local problem. It is a model program that can serve as a positive example for other cities.”

The Awards for Municipal Excellence recognize city programs that improve the quality of life in local communities through creative collaboration, excellence in city governance, and best practices in municipal policy. Other award-winning cities include Slidell, La.; Savannah, Ga.; New York City; Estes Park, Colo.; Burnsville, Minn.; St. Louis, Mo. and Seattle, Wash.

For more information on Long Beach’s winning program, please visit www.pacificgatewayworkforce.com or email workforce.dev@longbeach.gov.

Additional information about the Municipal Award program is available at the National League of Cities website.

The National League of Cities is the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. It is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

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  1. Linda Miles says:

    Thank you for the great work that you do to help youth, families, and communities!