April 4, 2003

San Diego Youth@Work Partners With Nationally-Acclaimed Dance Troupe

Empowering youth through a fusion of dance and scripture is the focus of a partnership between Adrian Ewing and The Steps of Praise and the San Diego Youth@Work (SDY@W) program. Through this relationship, the dance troupe will host weekly dance workshops for program participants. The workshops are part of the program’s mission to not only train youth for career success, but, to also encourage creativity and support the art of expression. The classes take place every Friday, 4-5:30 p.m., at the YO! Spot youth center, 4153 Market Street, Suite !.

Led by Adrian Ewing, The Steps of Praise is a nationally-acclaimed dance troupe that has been featured on the Grammy Awards, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Soul Train. They have also performed alongside gospel singers Yolanda Adams and Fred Hammond and toured with Kirk Franklin and CeCe Winans during “The Nu Nation Tour.”

“This relationship provides a great opportunity to reach, to teach and to empower our youth in preparation for today’s challenges,” said Jabari Sekou, SDY@W Youth Center Coordinator.

The San Diego Youth@Work program targets more than 1,200 youth, ages 14-21, within southeastern San Diego, Logan Heights, and the surrounding areas within the Enterprise Community who, due to inadequate educational preparation, and/or lack of resources, face challenges and obstacles to finding stable employment. As a result, many are at-risk for experiencing social problems such as crime, drug abuse and teen pregnancy. The San Diego Youth @Work program is part of the Department of Labor’s national movement known as the Youth Opportunity Movement (YO!).

In addition to San Diego Youth@Work, the San Diego Workforce Partnership supports other youth-focused, workforce development programs through its Youth Connect Network. These programs include the School-to-Career project and Year-Long Youth programs funded through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). The School-to-Career project links businesses with students to create workplace learning experiences through paid internships, company tours and job shadow opportunities. While the Year-Long Youth programs provide education and employment preparation services via a network of contracted-community youth service providers.

The San Diego Workforce Partnership is an organization committed to coordinating a comprehensive workforce development system that ensures a skilled and productive work-force and supports a healthy economy throughout the San Diego region. Through its network of nine countrywide One-Stop Career Centers, three Career Advancement Centers and youth programs, the Workforce Partnership continues to be the leading authority in workforce development issues in San Diego County.

For more information on San Diego Youth@Work or the Youth Connect Network, call 1-866-YCN SDWP (926-7397) or visit www. SanDiegoAtWork.com.

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