Service program mentors youths toward employment

Young people in four Washington communities are getting help finding a job, thanks to a special program available at their local WorkSource offices.

Offices in Brewster, Spokane, Tacoma and Thurston County have partnered with the Washington Service Corps to help teens learn job-finding and workplace skills.

The project began four years ago in Okanogan County, where at-risk youths in Brewster can visit the WorkSource office for specialized tutoring and mentoring from a Washington Service Corps member.

Brewster’s success led to similar projects in the other three communities.

In Spokane, the focus is on expanding services and work opportunities for youths with disabilities.

Beginning in September, 10 more Service Corps members will be stationed in WorkSource offices to provide job-related services to teenagers.

The Service Corps is administered by the state Employment Security Department, using money provided by the federal AmeriCorps program.  Service Corps members are age 17 and up and have committed to 10 and a half months of community service in return for a modest living allowance and an educational scholarship.

“The program is helping hundreds of young people get on track to the world of work and community service,” said Nancy Pringle, director of the Service Corps.

Details about this and other Service Corps projects around the state are available at the Washington Service Corps Web site at or by calling (888) 713-6080.