There are an estimated 20,000 young adults 18-24 who are not in school and unemployed in South King County.

Young Adults

Our work to “SkillUp” Washington: Generation Work

Generation Work is a national initiative funded by the Annie E Casey Foundation designed to increase access for young adults (primarily 18-29 year olds not connected to school or work) to high-demand jobs and career pathways.

Through our partnerships with several organizations, the Seattle Generation Work initiative launched in 2016. This work is closely aligned with the Roadmap Project’s Opportunity Youth Advisory Group and designed to connect young adults in high school completion programs to jobs and demand-driven trainings in multiple industries, including aviation and manufacturing. In order to ensure these pathways are responsive to both young adult and employer feedback, we provide various briefing reports summarizing findings from young adult interviews and employer surveys to Generation Work partners and regional learning communities. Please see our Strategic Framework for more information.

Early results of this work include the launch of a new high school completion pathway and increased access to aviation and airport-related careers for young adult airport workers and job seekers led by Port Jobs, Highline Public Schools, Highline College, Seattle Education Access, and King County’s Reconnect to Opportunity program (ReOpp). Generation Work is also paving the way for greater access to manufacturing and mechatronics careers for Opportunity Youth, including apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships, led by the South Seattle College Georgetown campus, Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee, Seattle Education Access and ReOpp.


Partners on this initiative include: Port Jobs, South Seattle College, the Puget Sound Educational Service District, King County Reconnect to Opportunity (link to ReOpp page not King County page), Seattle Education Access, the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee, Puget Sound Education Service District, United Way of King County, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges.