Preparing Youth for Success
HSD is deeply committed to ensuring that all of Seattle youth are prepared to for the future regardless of race, income, immigration status and neighborhood. To achieve this the department facilitates a combination of direct services to Seattle youth and robust investments, totaling $13,281,467 annually, in community organizations that work to address health disparities, improve economic achievement, expand employment opportunities and prevent youth violence through the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initative.
Despite the economic gains the city as whole has experienced the last few years, economic recovery has not yet reached our youth. Youth unemployment is 13 percent and 28 percent for young people of color. To address this, the Mayor's Youth Employment Initiative, including the Seattle Youth Employment Program, employed over 2,000 youth and young adults last year. Eligible youth and young adults receive work experience in positions at various city departments and at private sector placements based on their career interest. Internships are available all year round, though the vast majority of the placements occur from July 1st to mid-August.
April 1st, 2016, the City of Seattle's Human Services Department announced $2 Million in funding to the Denise Louie Education Center (DLEC). The funding will allow DLEC to develop a child care center located in the Sand Point neighborhood. This project will be undertaken in conjunction with an affordable housing development to be spearheaded by Mercy Housing Northwest who will provide 148 units of affordable housing. The project will open in June 2018 and will provide services for at least 85 children. When complete, the facility will enable low income families and children to benefit from a custom-designed early childhood education center, as well as myriad opportunities and services available in Magnuson Park: stable affordable housing, a health clinic, and the City community center across the street.