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Commission Adds $2M to Youth Career Launch Pilot Program

Posted on April 13, 2022

The Port of Seattle Commission approved another two million dollars in funding for its Youth Career Launch Pilot Program, nearly doubling its resources. This puts total funding for the program, an evolution of the Port’s Opportunity Youth Initiative, at $4.1 million for the next three years. The additional revenue comes directly from the faster-than-expected recovery of the Port’s cruise business and directly supports maritime industry jobs.

“I’m proud to develop and sponsor the Career Launch Program that is outcome-driven and will translate directly to living wage jobs,” said Hamdi Mohamed, Port of Seattle Commissioner. “Meaningful internships and workforce programs require a targeted pipeline into the workforce for everyone, especially for low-income, first-generation and underserved students farthest from opportunities.”

About the Port of Seattle

Founded in 1911 by a vote of the people as a special purpose government, the Port of Seattle’s mission is to promote economic opportunities and quality of life in the region by advancing trade, travel, commerce, and job creation in an equitable, accountable, and environmentally responsible manner.

The Port owns and operates Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Fishermen’s Terminal — home of the North Pacific fishing fleet — and public marinas. The Port also owns two cruise ship terminals, a grain terminal, real estate assets, and marine cargo terminals through its partnership in the Northwest Seaport Alliance.

Port operations help support nearly 200,000 jobs and $7 billion in wages throughout the region. Over the next 15 years, the Port’s Century Agenda seeks to create an additional 100,000 jobs through economic growth while becoming the nation’s leading green and energy-efficient port. Learn more at the Port’s website.

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