The Summer Training and Enrichment Program joins City government, the business and non-profit community, and resources together to provide youth and young adults ages 16-24 a rewarding experience as they are introduced into the world of work. STEP has connected over 1,200 young people with over 75 worksite partners to increase their skills and exposure to many different employment opportunities.
Established in 2014, the Summer Training and Enrichment Program (STEP), is one component of Building Better Futures - The City of Newport News’ Youth and Gang Violence Prevention Initiative to increase positive outcomes for youth and young adults between the ages of 16 to 24. The 10-week program provides meaningful work readiness training offers participants paid work experience, workshops, financial literacy, and GED preparation classes.
Funded through the City’s Youth and Gang Violence Prevention fund, STEP participants can work up to 30 hours per week and earn $7.25 or $8.00 per hour depending on their completion of high school or GED. There are no direct costs for employers to serve as a host-worksite other than in-kind job coaching and on-site supervision.
In order to provide work experience for STEP participants, more than 70 partnerships are established with private sector businesses, City departments, Newport News Public Schools, non-profits, higher education, and faith based organizations.