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Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB), along with partners from the Borderplex Alliance, El Paso County, the City of El Paso, the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce launched three youth employment initiatives for 2017; Hire El Paso Youth Summer Work Program, Summer Earn & Learn, and The Texas Internship Challenge. In total, WSB has committed to subsidizing 200 summer jobs at 100 percent (zero cost to employers). Youth who participate in the program will attend a foundational skills boot camp to better prepare them prior to starting at their worksites. 

Employers Register Now!

Please join us in Putting a young person to work this summer. Your business will benefit from having a motivated young adult in your workplace while giving them a crucial career building opportunity. Employers who participate in the Summer Earn and Learn Program will receive insights into how to serve customers with disabilities and learn how your business can easily adapt workplaces to employ persons with disabilities. WSB is also the employer of record, we cover worker’s compensation, fringe benefits and issue bi-weekly pay checks, saving your company time and money!

Summer Jobs Create Value! Youth Gain:

  • Self-Esteem & Leadership Skills
  • Opportunity to Engage with Adults in Work Setting
  • Work Experience & Future Higher Earning Rates
  • Helps Increase High School Graduation Rates and Career Exploration
  • Family Monetary Support

To get started contact our Business Services Unit at: 915.887.2332 or by emailing

Hire El Paso Youth Summer Work Program

Hire El Paso’s Youth Summer Work Program is designed to put youth to work, providing first time job experience that will set them on the path to be workforce ready. The Hire El Paso Summer Work Program will subsidize 100 percent of a paid work experience for 122 youth between the ages of 16-24 for 20-40 hours a week and for up to 12 weeks.

Who Qualifies:

  1. Authorized to Work in US  & 16-24 years of age
  2. Income Guidelines May Apply
  3. Must Face an Economic Barrier
  4. El Paso County will Include Out-of-School Youth
  5. Rural Area will Include In-School Youth

To get started contact: Veronica Lewis at 915.887.2890 or email

Summer Earn and Learn Youth with Disabilities Program

Summer Earn and Learn is designed to create pathways to employment for students with disabilities. Summer Earn & Learn will subsidize 100 percent of the paid work experience for 78 youth with disabilities between the ages of 14-22 for 30 hours a week and for up to 7 weeks.

  • Collaboration with Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) a subset of our nationally recognized Breaking Barrier Program
  • VRS assists by providing accommodations needed at a worksite such as interpreter, job coach, assistive technology for a successful work experience

Who Qualifies:

  1. Authorized to Work in US & 14-22 years of age & must be less than 22 years of age as of Sept. 1, 2016
  2. Eligible to receive special education or related services under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or is an individual a disability for purposes of 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
  3. Must be attending school

To get started contact: Norma Garcia at 915.782.7151 or email or Rosie del Palacio 915.834.7731, e-mail

Texas Internship Challenge

The Texas Internship Challenge, a partnership between the Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Education Agency and The Higher Education Coordinating Board, is aimed to increase and promote paid internships for students with Texas employers.  In this case, the employers will commit to covering the costs for internships. 

Employers Can:

  • Post internship descriptions
  • Conduct candidate searches
  • Receive and review resumes
  • Contact internship seekers 

Students Can:

  • Create and post resumes
  • Conduct internship searches
  • Apply for positions
  • Schedule interviews 

Employers and youth, to get started visit:


YouthBuild is designed for young people who left high school without a diploma to reclaim their education, gain the skills they need for employment in the construction industry, and become leaders in their communities. In 2016, WSB received a grant to help 40 young men and women gain their GED, obtain training and get certified in construction. Currently there are 30 slots available for youth to enter the program.

Upcoming Enrollment Dates:

  • June, 2017 (applications open on March, 2017)
  • January, 2018 (applications open on November, 2017)
  • June, 2018 (applications open on March, 2018)

Who Qualifies:

  • Youth between the ages of 18 and 24
  • Must be eligible to work in the US
  • Interested in obtaining your GED
  • Must live in any of the following zip codes: 79901, 79905, 79924, 79934, 79936, or 79938

To get started contact: Veronica Lewis at 915.887.2890 or email