Employment is the main concern among the youth WHA work with, and, thus, it is one of our main concerns as well. For several summers our Youth Development Center has worked to provide jobs to Austin’s teens and young adults. Such programs are successful because at-risk youth are grateful for gainful alternatives to criminal behavior or time they might otherwise waste being idle and bored. Where these programs could improve is in providing such opportunities year-round to the city’s out-of-school youth.

WHA Youth Council member Tevin Smith spoke on this issue at a recent public hearing.