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Did you know that in Santa Barbara County, 1 in every 5 youth live in poverty1 and the youth (ages 16-19) unemployment rate is 28.9%2?

The Santa Barbara Connect to Careers Summer Youth Employment Program was created by the Workforce Board of Santa Barbara County and the Foundation for California Community Colleges as a means to provide local youth with paid summer jobs and mentoring with private sector employers. Their goal is to afford 75 of Santa Barbara’s North County (Santa Maria, Guadalupe, Orcutt) youth this opportunity through the support of local businesses and the local community.

The following options are available for those interested in participating in the Connect to Careers Summer Youth Employment Program:

  • Sponsor a Youth: We are seeking sponsors – representative of our business community, who would like to sponsor youth for this year’s program. The sponsorship amount is $3,400, which will cover the wages at $10/hr for up to 300 hours, workers compensation and payroll fee.This amount is tax deductible for sponsors (only).
  • Register as a Host Business: In addition to looking for sponsors, the C2C project is also looking to develop worksites/mentoring opportunities for young people. We are looking for businesses willing to host youth at their work place and provide a meaningful work experience for the youth.

You can learn more about the Connect to Careers Summer Youth Employment Program HERE.

1 Snapshot of Poverty in Santa Barbara County, Department of Social Services, September 10, 2013