Youth Employment

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors for connecting young people with career opportunities and investing in our future workforce!

The City of Seattle's Youth Employment Initiative builds career pathways for youth & creates a recruitment pipeline for local businesses seeking skilled workers. By connecting Seattle youth and employers, we provide young people with valuable career knowledge and experience while building talent in the local workforce.

Why Youth Employment?

A message to employers from Acting Director Rebecca Lovell

Youth employment provides skills necessary for young people who otherwise would be left out of the labor market. First work experiences that teach professionalism, work readiness, and 21st century skills are critical in providing young people with a pathway to success and upward mobility. Youth employment has positive effects on lifetime employment, earnings and net worth.  Internships also help young people build a network of caring adults, practice employment skills in a supported environment and connect their education to career goals.

We partner with Seattle Public Schools, community based organizations, and employers to increase internship and employment opportunities that are connected to a young person's education and career pathway. 

Since our Youth Employment Initiative began in 2015, we've partnered with the community to connect over 9,000 young people with an internship, career experience or employment.  Businesses and philanthropic partners have invested over $1,000,000 toward giving more youth these important career experiences.  

Are you providing paid internship opportunities? We want to hear about it! Our goal as a community is to increase the number of youth working in Seattle. If your organization is contributing to this goal, please let us know here! 

Thank You Supporters!

Thank you JP Morgan Chase for your continued support to the City of Seattle's Youth Employment programs! 2018 marks JPMC's milestone of $1,000,000 invested into Seattle's youth over the last five years. Thanks to your support, youth across our region have had the opportunity to learn skills, increase their social networks and begin building their education and career pathways!

2018 Donors

Bank of America


Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation


Seattle's Music Commission