Discovering What Idaho’s Youth Need to Succeed at Work


For Immediate Release: April 16, 2021
Media Contact: Georgia Smith,

The Idaho Department of Labor is asking Idaho youth between the ages 16-24 who are out of school to talk about what they need to succeed in the workplace.

Participants will share their thoughts during six focus group sessions scheduled for April 19-30 at local Labor offices and several postsecondary schools throughout the state.

The results will be used to improve the recruitment and service delivery methods for youth employment and training programs funded by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

The project is a partnership between the Idaho Workforce Development Council, Boise State University’s Idaho Policy Institute, the Idaho Department of Labor and each of the state’s postsecondary institutions.

Multiple sessions may be conducted depending on interest.

Participants will receive a $50 Amazon gift card for the time they spend in the focus group, which is estimated to last approximately one hour. Those who are between the ages of 16-24, are out of school and interested in participating should contact one of the following Idaho Department of Labor offices in their area:

Post Falls

Whitney Hollinger,
(208) 263-7544, ext. 3268


Amanda Shaffer,
(208) 799-5000, ext.4344


Ofelia Morales,
(208) 364-7781, ext. 3954
Keith Whiting,
(208) 332-3575, ext. 3607

Twin Falls

Louis Almanza,
(208) 735-2500 x3018
Gayla Willis,
(208) 678-5518, ext. 3454


Thomas Prudhomme,
(208) 236-6710, ext. 3723

Idaho Falls

Jeanne Kerbs.
(208) 557-2500, ext. 4046

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