What is a HKCY Partner?
A Partner is a business or organization who agrees to sponsor a managed youth intern through Hire KC Youth to be hosted at either their own business or by sponsoring placement of that intern to another organization’s site (i.e. a local nonprofit). Partners join the Hire KC Youth initiative to engage youth in immersive professional work experiences as part the citywide program, and they benefit from the full scope of shared, common resources and reporting tools, and are eligible to participate in flagship events. Partners are recognized on the website.
All About the Interns
Our partner-based internship programs are designed to create immersive, transformative employment opportunities for Kansas City’s youth, while providing meaningful training and delivering the support young people need to become the workforce of our future. We are innovating around youth employment – taking the best elements from around the country – and creating powerful new ways to make it easier and more successful for employer partners to introduce young people into their teams, while delivering authentic learning experiences and job-readiness to youth. Learn more about our managed platform>> check out how it works. Have your own intern program? Want to hire for seasonal jobs? No problem! When you hire youth, you can be recognized as a Champion of HKCY – find out how!
School and Student Outreach – we host events and convenings for schools and youth provider partners, have a full-scale marketing operation to advertise and promote hirekcyouth.org to open applications to KC youth – beginning in February.
We match applicants to partner sites based on a number of filters, including student interest and experience, employer requirements, plus geography and transportation, and more. We provide each partner with a select number of possible candidates to interview and select for placement.
Then, we match placed interns with Coaches who are committed to creating a successful workplace internship for the student and the employer. Coaches act as an intermediary asset to both students and employers by keeping projects on track and offering 6 hours per week of professional development outside the workplace.
Partners have the ability to customize or extend intern placement to meet their organizational norms/needs. As we near the final days of the managed 5-engagement, our coaches remain dedicated to both youth and employer by providing exit interviews on both sides and hosting a celebration to showcase the work students completed while on the job and while in professional development training.