stimulus grants are benefitting Kodiak youth and assisting some local
The Department of Labor's American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Summer Youth Employment Program is putting Kodiak
youth to work this summer.
A 200,000 dollar Workforce Investment Act grant is
one of three awarded to the school district with an emphasis on promoting
academics and employment for youth between the ages of 14 and 24. The Alaska "Youth First"
grant, also funded by the Department of Labor, pays 101,000 dollars to help Kodiak
youth find jobs and receive training for future careers. The "Youth First"
grant connects young job seekers with employers on the island and pays the
young workers' wages. Another Workforce Investment grant will provide 150,000
dollars to continue the youth employment program beyond the summer and through
the school year. The grants are administered by the Kodiak Island Borough
school district. Kodiak
High School principal
Bill Watkins is the grant manager and helps coordinate the program.
-- (Summer Youth 1 1:03 "...into
the classroom next year.")
the program is keeping 47 Kodiak youth employed this summer, including the group
of drafting and architect students who are submitting design ideas for the high
school. There's also a group of students gaining hands-on maintenance skills
and helping with a variety of community service projects.
-- (Summer Youth 2 1:15 "...try to get them
hands-on experience, some of the participants can now add new credentials to
-- (Summer Youth 3 :45 "..that experience was invaluable.")
The Summer Youth Employment Program's
benefit to participating local employers is the additional summer labor they
might not have otherwise been able to afford.
-- (Summer Youth 4 :10 "...their
help and support.")
required to file monthly reports on the progress of the youth employment
program. He said the Department of Labor issued a clear mandate along with the
grants; that the program result in immediate and measureable results.
I'm Diana Gish.