Fort Bend County Judge KP George was joined by District Attorney Brian Middleton, County Commissioner for Precinct 4 Ken DeMerchant, Faith-based leader Pastor David Sincere, Workforce Solutions Rosenberg Manager Traci Nolen, and County staff on Friday to announce the launch of the Fort Bend County Summer Youth Employment Program. This program will give youth and young adults, ages 16-21, a chance to work in a paid temporary position within County departments.
Eligible youth and young adults will be placed in entry-level positions to gain relevant government agency knowledge, skills, and work experience that will benefit them academically and professionally. Currently, there are 250 positions available within 37 County Departments that are geared to be filled.
Participating departments include: Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, Behavioral Health Services, Commissioner Offices, Constable Offices, County Clerk, County Judge, Engineering, District Attorney, Human Resources, Fire Marshal, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security & Emergency Management, Information Technologies, and more.
“This is a way that we can empower, uplift, and teach our young people good work habits, responsibility, and organizational skills so they can be successful in college and with their careers,” Judge George said. “We are giving them an opportunity to earn while they learn and gain experience that will be valuable to their future.”
One million in funding provided by the COVID-19 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for the Summer Youth Employment Program was approved by Fort Bend County Commissioners Court last Tuesday. Workers will be paid up to $15.00 per hour and can work up to 40 hours per week.
Partnership with Workforce Solutions
Through a partnership with Workforce Solutions’ Summer Earn & Learn, the County will provide youth and young adults with meaningful work experience opportunities in addition to working with local employers, area nonprofits, and various organizations within Fort Bend County to provide our young adults with employment opportunities. Workforce Solutions will also provide the necessary accommodations and or job coaching supports to eligible students, including an effort to create pathways to employment for students with disabilities.
The Summer Youth Employment Program application is open through June 9, 2021. Youth ages 16 to 21 in the Fort Bend area can apply for positions on the Fort Bend County employment website: www.fortbendcounty.jobs.