PRO Youth Employment – The New Working Zone
Employment services are essential for homeless youth who have to support themselves and maintain stable housing.
The Working Zone provides employment training services to homeless young people by offering paid internships. It is part of PRO Youth, a partnership of the City of Seattle and seven local social service agencies operating throughout King County.
Each year, more than 100 homeless youth between the ages of 15 and 22 enroll at the Working Zone job sites. At these sites, youth gain employment skills including professional behavior, work ethics, job search and retention, writing, and customer service.
This Working Zone homeless youth employment program, started in 1994, is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development McKinney Act, and by City of Seattle General Funds. In 2011, approximately $96,895 in local funding leveraged an additional $315,270 in federal funds for the Working Zone.
2011 Funded Agencies and Programs
Catholic Community Services University District Youth Center, serving the University District and North Seattle
YMCA, serving southeast Seattle
YouthCare Orion Center, serving downtown Seattle and Capitol Hill