What is HYPE?

HYPE, or Helping Youth Prepare for Employment is a collaboration of three programs in the greater Wichita area and consists of the Youth Employment Project, the Way to Work program, and the Job Prep program.

2023 HYPE Report Infographic

Our Story

The Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas (Youth Employment Project), the City of Wichita (Way to Work), and Greater Wichita YMCA (Job Prep) each bring different strengths to the goal of getting young job seekers work experiences that don’t conflict with their schooling. It was decided that these entities would combine their efforts to further the objective of preparing our future workforce.

Meet the Team

Job Prep, Way to Work, and YEP all make up the HYPE

Nicole Hernandez

Job Prep – YMCA

The YMCA Job Prep is a program for ages 15-17 years old. Students work with YMCA Job Coaches learning valuable skills for summer employment and future careers. Upon completion of the program, students will master proper application completion, interviewing skills, and money management, in addition to becoming CPR and First Aid Certified, all at no charge. Students who successfully complete the program will have the opportunity for summer employment in the Greater Wichita area.

Way to Work – City of Wichita

The Way to Work summer youth program equip young job seekers ages 14-17 with the resources necessary to gain employment. Time is spent in the classroom and on the work site. Enrollment is by invitation to Housing Authority families.

Chelsea Daniel

Youth Employment Project – Workforce Alliance

The Youth Employment Project is centered in the Wichita Workforce Center but accepts youth from local area communities as well from Wellington to El Dorado, to Kingman. Must be at least age 16 to be placed in a Work Experience, but younger job seekers can attend the workshops and job fairs. Camp HYPE is for 14 – 15-year-olds and pays them a stipend for completion

Next Steps…

Interested in Camp HYPE or a Youth Employment Workshop?