Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network Kicks Off Annual Hire-A-Youth Summer Internship and Employment Program

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The Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network today kicked off its Hire-A-Youth Summer Internship and Employment program, which benefits young job seekers as well as businesses. The program provides hundreds of young people with valuable work experience, and also provides businesses with flexible workers who have attained a National Work Readiness Credential (NWRC).

“Summer jobs are critically important to young people, who learn to be responsible, develop good work habits and move toward independence,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “We’re asking employers to again provide jobs or internships for these hardworking young people, and to reap the benefits of a flexible and motivated workforce.”

This year’s program was launched at a ceremony thanking businesses for their support and encouraging them to continue providing work experience for local youth. Administered by the City of Long Beach, Pacific Gateway helps adults and youth in Long Beach, Signal Hill, Torrance, Lomita and the Los Angeles Harbor communities connect to employment and work experience.

“In addition to helping young people find a job or an internship, we provide job readiness training so that young people are equipped with the skills they need for the workplace,” said Vivian Shimoyama, Interim Board Chair, Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board. “Pacific Gateway’s mission as a public agency is to help job seekers of all ages connect with a good job as quickly as possible.  Hire-A-Youth is our program that meets this need for young people ages 16-21.”

Work-ready youth in the program have attained the National Work Readiness Credential, which certifies that they have learned:

  • How to communicate clearly and work effectively in teams
  • How to be a problem-solver, a decision-maker, and a life-long learner
  • How to better understand math and use it at work to help solve problems
  • How to read time-sheets and job instructions with understanding

Pacific Gateway’s goal is to develop and place 407 youth this summer (200 direct job placements, 207 unpaid internships).

Businesses that are interested in reaping the benefits of the Hire-A-Youth program are encouraged to get more information by visiting  or calling 562.570.3681.

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