WSB, regional partners launch Summer Youth Employment Campaigns

Workforce Solutions Borderplex officials announced Friday the return of their El Paso Summer Youth Employment initiatives, helping to put the youth of the region to work.

WSB, along with their partners Medical Center of the Americas, Goodman Financial, and Career and Technical Education program of Ysleta Independent School District launched the 2019 season of Hire El Paso Youth Summer Work Program, Summer Earn & Learn, and the Texas Internship Challenge.

“The Board of Directors of Workforce Solutions Borderplex and I salute our local business partners who have already committed to take part in this season’s Summer Youth Employment campaign by opening their worksites to youth to provide important business mentorship and life experiences,” shared Joyce Wilson, CEO of Workforce Solutions Borderplex.

“With unemployment rates at record lows and a growing demand for talent in the Borderplex region, it is critical that we focus on the future workforce pipeline by reaching out to students as they graduate from high school, or while they are still in college, to provide practical work experience in their field of study or area of interest in an effort to foster this young talent and encourage them to build fruitful careers in our region.”

These impactful programs put regional youth to work; providing first-time, real job experience that sets youth on a path to be successful and workforce-ready.

The Hire El Paso Youth Work Program* will subsidize 100 percent of a paid work experience for 100 youth between the ages of 16-24, for 20-40 hours a week and for up to 12 weeks.

Summer Earn & Learn Program* will subsidize 100 percent of the paid work experience for 85 youth with disabilities between the ages of 16-22, for 30 hours a week and for up to 7 weeks.

*For Hire El Paso Work Program and Summer Earn & Learn, youth must meet eligibility requirements, which can be found online.

The Texas Internship Challenge, a partnership between the Texas Workforce Commission, the Texas Education Agency and the Higher Education Coordinating Board, aims to increase and promote paid internships for students with Texas employers.

For employer participation in the Texas Internship Challenge, employers must commit to covering the costs for the internships.

The Summer Youth Employment campaign is a win-win for all involved, as employers will benefit from having a motivated, young adult in their workplace, while giving them a crucial, career-building opportunity.

Employers who take part in the Summer Earn & Learn Program will also receive insights and recommendations as to how to best serve customers with disabilities and learn how to easily adapt workplaces to employ persons with disabilities.

“The Summer Youth Employment programs have a far-reaching impact on our region, that builds a pipeline for the local workforce, with many youth returning to the same employer for multiple years,” WSB officials added via a news release.

“The summer job opportunities also provide valuable life lessons for the youth such as learning the importance of attendance and punctuality; articulating themselves professionally in a workplace setting; and learning how to accept direction and constructive criticism.”

Workforce Solutions Borderplex is subsidizing 185 positions for regional youth in these special summer employment programs.

For more information:

Hire El Paso Youth Summer Work Program – [email protected] or (915) 887-2600

Summer Earn & Learn – [email protected] or (915) 887-2600

Texas Internship Challenge – Visit for program details.

The following businesses have committed to hosting youth for the 2019 campaign:

  • Alderperson Place 2, City of San Elizario
  • Bell 2 Bell
  • Bella Luna Engineering
  • Counter Tops Plus Inc.
  • CVIA Insurance Agency
  • Designer’s Mart
  • Diaz Services Heating & Cooling
  • El Paso’s Sweet Shop & Bakery
  • JP’s Industrial
  • Justice of the Peace John Chatman
  • La Posada Home
  • Lee Wrangler Clearance Center
  • Metro PCS
  • Mexus Inc
  • NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
  • Personnel Partners
  • Project Vida
  • Representative Alejandra Anello-District 2 Central
  • Representative Cassandra Hernandez-District 3
  • Representative Henry Rivera-District 7
  • Sandra Serna-State Farm Insurance Company
  • Technimark
  • The Hospitals of Providence-Eastside Campus
  • The Hospitals of Providence-Memorial Campus
  • The Hospitals of Providence-Sierra Campus
  • The Hospitals of Providence-Transmountain Campus
  • Time Clock Sales & Service
  • Walgreens
  • West-Tex customer payroll & marketing

For employers who would like to host a youth for the summer in their workplace, please contact [email protected] or (915) 887-2332.