The Y partners with USD 259 to expand the Job Prep program


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Greater Wichita YMCA (The Y) has announced that it is expanding its longstanding job readiness program by partnering with Wichita Public Schools.

According to a press release sent out by The Y, Job Prep is a free program that “creates job-ready teens through training, development, classroom certifications, and time/experience in the workplace.” It is funded by the Y’s Strong Community Campaign and sponsored by Koch Industries.

Starting this year, in-person career preparation sessions will not only be offered at Y’s Downtown and Steve Clark locations, but will now also be offered to students at six Wichita public high schools: North, South, West, South East, Sizes and Education Imagine Academy.

“We know how valuable Job Prep can be for teens looking for direction in their lives, and we’re honored to be working with $259 to reach even more young people,” said Tyrone Baker, who leads the initiative in as a Y community. Senior Program Development Director. “In the 13 years since Job Prep’s inception, we’ve seen countless teens discover their true potential and begin to believe in themselves after attending sessions and being hired for the summer by one of our partner companies.

Employment readiness courses begin February 7. They will meet once a week for 12 weeks for two hours in the evening. The courses offered at the Y branches are intended for teenagers aged 15 to 17, and the courses offered by the secondary school are intended for students aged 16 and 17.

“Our goal is to give students the tools they need to be successful on their post-high school journey, and Job Prep is a wonderful addition to those efforts,” said Gil Alvarez, assistant superintendent of Wichita Public Schools. “We are proud to work with the Greater Wichita YMCA to support the youth of our community and celebrate all that they can accomplish and contribute to the world around them.”

Through the Job Prep program, participants will learn to:

  • Search and view job offers
  • Prepare and submit a job application
  • Prepare for and participate in a job interview with a Job Prep business partner
  • Dress for success
  • Work well with others in any situation
  • Manage their money and prepare for the future at work and in life
  • First aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills

The application deadline for preparing jobs 2022 is Monday, January 24, 2022. Applications can be found at

Any company interested in learning more about the Job Prep program is invited to contact the program director, Nicole Hernandez, at or 316-776-8179.

The Y has been a volunteer-driven enterprise since 1885. Their mission is to foster healthy lifestyles, strong families, and positive youth development for the 10 branches in south-central Kansas. They currently employ over 1,400 people and serve over 300,000 people. They aim to support a healthy mind, spirit and body through community development, education and wellness initiatives, youth and family programs, licensed child care and camps, and physical activity. . Their annual Strong Community campaign allows them to fund programs, scholarships, grants, and membership and program pricing based on income.


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