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Foster youth to get summer work experience, taste of college life at WSU

July 4, 2013

The Wayne State University School of Social Work this month is teaming up with the College of Education and the Merrill Palmer Skillman Children's Institute to give youth aging out of the foster care system critical work experience as they transition to independence. Under the federal Workforce Investment Act Year-Round Youth Program administered by the Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation, 20 youth ages 16 through 24 will be employed on Wayne State's campus from July 8-Aug. 18 as research, administrative or human services assistants, each assigned to one of the three university partners. Working 20-hours a week for $7.50 an hour, youth participants will be mentored and supervised by faculty and staff, gain valuable job skills and references, and hopefully set their sights on a college career.