Youth Employment Program (YEP)

Initially piloted with a small garden project and our dog-sitting services at the Beaverton Farmer's Market (Sit-n-Stay), YEP is a blossoming arm of HomePlate that connects youth in our community with positive avenues for stabilizing and sustainable employment. 

Challenge: Youth Unemployment

"The unemployment rate for people under the age of 25 is even higher than the overall unemployment rate. And it's going up....The survey counts anyone between the ages of 16 an 24 who is employed or looking for work.... According to state employment economist Nick Beleiciks, the unemployment rate is highest for teenagers. About 40 percent of Oregonians between the ages of 16 and 19 are in the work force, or trying to be, and of those about 30 percent are unemployed" -- OPB Feature, April 19th, 2012 
...and many youth seeking employment are well-qualified, with family connections. Many youth at HomePlate however, do not have a family member willing to provide a first time job - or a shining school record - or marketable skills. Our goal at HomePlate is to not only provide relationships for youth (which is also an important personal reference) but also community connections and partnerships that can lead to first-time and skill-building employment opportunities. See our latest employment program, Sit-n-Stay for more information...