Chamber Members Lend A Hand to Youthworks!

When Stacey Moody of Idaho Youth Ranch attended the Business After Hours and trade show last month at The Club at Spurwing, she had a goal in mind. Stacey, a Chamber Ambassador team leader who has gradually built her involvement with the Chamber over the years and developed working relationships with fellow members, knew that Business After Hours was an ideal opportunity to introduce other businesses to Idaho Youth Ranch's Youthworks! program and ask for their help. 

Youthworks is the new workforce readiness program from the Idaho Youth Ranch that helps at-risk youth between the ages of 16 and 22 prepare for work and life by giving them the skills they need to succeed. Participants' enrollment and participation in the program is funded by grants from the community, and trainees learn about managing finances, dressing professionally, resume writing, work ethics, and other career-minded skills. After learning about working in retail, trainees work in Idaho Youth Ranch stores throughout the Boise Valley. From there, they apply for six-month internships to work for a business in their chosen career path. 

Stacey and Youthworks!'s program director, Sue Cline, went to the Business After Hours trade show seeking companies who might be interested in assisting their program by agreeing to hire the program's trainees for internships. Stacey said she was overwhelmed by the positive response- nearly every booth they stopped by to talk to was interested in participating, from graphic design firms to beauty salons. 

"We had a young man graduate from our first class who was given an internship at the YMCA," Stacey shared. "The YMCA went on to hire him full time, which was a wonderful opportunity for him."

"The business relationships I've built within the Chamber are invaluable. I've built a trust with fellow members that is encouraging. We all want to see each other's businesses succeed, and it's very encouraging." 

To learn more about Idaho Youth Ranch's Youthworks! program, or what you can do to get involved, click here or go to youthranch.org/youthworks

For more information about upcoming Business After Hours events, or to purchase space at one of our upcoming trade shows, contact Teresa Kirkmire at 208.472.5241 or tkirkmire@boisechamber.org

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Idaho Youth Ranch
5465 W. Irving St., Boise, ID 83706
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