Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf awarded the Department of Labor & Industry's (L&I) former Youth Programs Coordinator Tracey Turner the Governor's Awards for Excellence in recognition of her work in placing 735 youth and young adults in work experiences and coordinating the administration of nearly $75 million statewide in several youth workforce programs annually. Turner, who was recently named deputy director of the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board, received the award at the State Museum.
"Tracey's outstanding and dedicated service have been instrumental to the expansion and success of the department's youth employment programs," said L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak. "Her innovation and commitment have led to significant program improvements that will benefit commonwealth youth and young adults for years to come."
Governor Wolf today presented Governor's Awards for Excellence to 49 employees representing eight commonwealth agencies. The awards recognize employees for exemplary job performance or service that reflects initiative, leadership, innovation and increased efficiency. Employees or a group of employees are nominated by a co-worker for the award.
One of several youth employment programs that Turner was instrumental in coordinating and executing was the State/Local Internship Program (SLIP). The program provides work experience opportunities to youth and young adults in Pennsylvania, and creates a robust talent pipeline for employers across the commonwealth. SLIP helps prepare Pennsylvania's young people for a lifetime of success in the workplace by providing many participants with that vital first work experience.
In 2018, SLIP grew the number of youth served statewide through paid work experiences and expanded summer internship placement opportunities with local for-profit and non-profit employers. L&I awarded $3.2 million across 18 local workforce development boards, placing 735, 16 to 24-year-old youth/young adults into internships at 376 worksites. As a direct result, 90 SLIP interns were permanently hired into full- or part-time positions.
Turner also coordinated L&I's engagement activities for the PA Outdoor Corps, a partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). PA Outdoor Corps offers full-time work experience, job training and education opportunities to young people to complete conservation projects on Pennsylvania's public lands. The program delivered more than 114,000 hours of conservation and historic preservation work in 70 state parks, forests and other sites by nearly 250 young Pennsylvanians and their crew leaders.
For more information on the Governor's Awards for Excellence, visit www.oa.pa.gov/gae. For more information on youth employment opportunities, visit www.pacareerlink.pa.gov.
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