Designed to improve education and employment outcomes for eligible participants ages 16–21.
The SummerWorks program engages with current students who either have an Individualized Education Plan or a 504 plan, and are ages 16-21, in Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties. This engagement will create effective and innovative pathways for students experiencing disabilities to connect to worksite learning, and 21st century skill development.
Students will participate in several levels of programming:
- Workplace Readiness Workshops comprised of resume building, interviewing skills, financial literacy, and leadership development
- Career exploration activities and job shadowing
- Paid 100-hour work-based learning experience
How to Apply
To apply for SummerWorks, a student or family must submit a completed application and a completed Pre-Employment Transition Services Information and Consent form (these documents can be obtained through your school or from the SummerWorks team). Prior to beginning the work assignment, copies or scans of the following documents must be submitted:
- Photo ID (State, School, passport or Tribal)
- Signed Social Security Card
- Proof of Registration for Selective Service (for men 18 and older)
The Pre-Employment Transition Services Information and Consent form must completed by a school official as well as a parent/guardian or adult student. The SummerWorks team has digital processes in place to completed form safely and securely. Please contact your regional SummerWorks Coordinator to start the process. If you would prefer to complete paper copies contact your SummerWorks Coordinator for the necessary files. Completed paper forms may be scanned and emailed to the SummerWorks team or mailed to this address:
Attn: Becky Mohagen
2500 NE 65th Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98661
SummerWorks Program Staff
Clark County – Next Success
Our Clark County youth workforce development programs are housed in Next, the youth one stop center. Next helps young adults ages 16-24 obtain skills, education and vocational training to help them get jobs. Next provides 16-24 year olds, who have dropped out of school, with employment and/or post-secondary education services, intensive case management, employment readiness trainings, career exposure and a three-month work experience in a high-growth, high-demand sector such as manufacturing, healthcare, software or IT.
Students will have opportunities to interact with local employers through mock interviews, job shadows and group tours. At Next, we help young adults aged 16-24 get set for success by providing the holistic support and training they need to create the future they want—all in one place. We provide a safe space where youth can connect and socialize, get something to eat or access health services, and get the education and career help they need. Clark County youth want to succeed in their careers and their lives. That’s why Next offers a place where they can take charge, walk up to opportunity’s door—and kick it wide open.
Youth Workforce Development is funded by Workforce Southwest Washington. Their mission is to provide economic development through a trained and productive workforce in Southwest Washington. To that end, WSW creates partnerships between business and educational organizations, supports training programs and creates a system whereby employers can find qualified employees and employees can find careers at which they will excel.
WSW uses financial resources from the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act to fund Youth Workforce Development. This federal program supports the mission of both WSW and Youth Workforce Development, which are equal opportunity employers and providers of employment and training services. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
Prevention Programs & Grants
Programs/Grants administered by Prevention and Youth Services include: