Seattle Parks and Recreation will host a free job fair for LGBTQ youth and allies on Saturday, April 2 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E, Seattle, WA 98112. Youth of all ages are welcome to attend and there will be many employment opportunities for high school age youth (14-19) and young adults (19-24). Attendees should come prepared to spend some time visiting the various booths, which will have representatives from private employers as well as City of Seattle youth-employment and stipend programs.
Several City departments offer summer employment appropriate for teens and young adults, including positions in Seattle Parks and Recreation Aquatics (life guards, boat ramp monitors), Seattle Parks and Recreation Youth Engaged in Service (job shadowing an adult mentor, usually in an office setting), Seattle Parks and Recreation Student Teen Employment Program and Summer of Service (building trails in local parks), and the Seattle Public Libraries Student Assistance program. Local businesses, such as Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream, and non-profit organizations, such as Goodwill and Seattle Youth Garden Works, also have positions and programs available for youth. The job fair will also feature employment-training programs for youth interested in getting a GED, and services for homeless youth.
The Youth Job Fair for LGBTQ and Allies is a collaborative effort between the Youth Employment and Service Learning Unit of Seattle Parks and Recreation and several City departments supporting the Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative, including the Office of Economic Development and the Seattle Human Services Department’s Youth Employment Programs, and a number of private businesses and non-profit employment and job readiness programs.
Participants in the Youth Job Fair for LGBTQ and Allies include:
Centerstone of Seattle
Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream
Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets
Seattle Goodwill Industries
Seattle Youth Garden Works
Youthcare Youthbuild Program
Seattle Parks Aquatics
Seattle Parks Youth Employment and Service Learning
Seattle Police Recruiting Unit
Seattle Public Library
The Greater Seattle Business Association
Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce
Office of Economic Development
Out and Equal Workplace Advocates
Seattle Gay News
Reel Queer Youth
Non-profit partners providing youth services and support include:
HEYO Youth Program at Lifelong
Neighborcare Health’s 45th Street Youth Clinic
Youthcare James W. Ray Orion Center
United Way of King County
The Miller Community Center is directly served by Metro 8, 12 and 43, with nearby service from Metro 10 and 48. For participant information, email: Gwen.Wessels@seattle.gov. For information on how a company or organization can participate, contact Randy Wiger, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at Randy.Wiger@seattle.gov or 206-883-6110.