Refugee Youth Employment Project

No one wants language or cultural barriers to stand in the way of youth trying to succeed.

Through the Refugee Youth Employment Project, the Consortium works in partnership with Jewish Family & Children’s Services (JF&CS) to help students who are learning English as a second language overcome these hurdles.

The program is designed to build the skills needed for successful transition to post-secondary education and employment. Students meet twice weekly after school with staff, getting support to explore their interests and career possibilities while learning how to fill out applications, interview, retain employment and much more.

Launched in Baldwin High School in 2015, the program will expand this year to serve eligible, English Language Learning students at both Baldwin and Brashear High Schools.

100% of the participants in previous cohorts have gone on either to post-secondary education or full-time employment following graduation.

Program Overview

  • Open to students taking English as a Second Language (ESL) in Baldwin-Whitehall School District and (new for 2016-2017) Brashear High School in Pittsburgh Public Schools.
  • Program active since: 2015
  • Funded by Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board

Participating Schools

  • Baldwin High School
  • Pittsburgh Brashear High School

Program Point of Contact

Aaron Altemus
Gina Barrett