Youth Council

Welcome to the Central Pennsylvania Youth Council

  • Meeting Dates
    • March 26, 10:00 a.m.
  • Meeting Notes
    • coming soon..

It is estimated that as the baby boomers in Central Pennsylvania retire, there will not be enough young workers (the “emerging workforce”) with the necessary skill sets to replace them. The CPWDC Youth Council is working to ensure that this does not happen.

Our Mission

The mission of the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation (CPWDC) Youth Council is to advocate, promote policy and offer services that provide our youth with meaningful opportunities to access the knowledge and skill sets necessary to succeed in careers, as employees and productive members of our communities.

Our Committee

CPWDC’s Youth Council is a standing committee of the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board which serves Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Snyder and Union Counties.

The Youth Council provides a forum for stakeholders to collaborate on establishing a pipeline of a future workforce into the Region’s key industries. All stakeholders are interested in promoting the academic and career readiness of youth located in the Central Region. The committee is comprised of representatives from business, K-12 and postsecondary education, PA CareerLink®, county government, youth serving organizations, community services agencies, and juvenile justice. All Youth Council meetings are open to the public.

Jay Alexander, Chairperson
Wayne Township Landfill

Ed Christiano
Housing Authority of Northumberland County

John Kurelja
Warrior Run School District

Dan Long
Seven Mountain Central Labor Council

Chris Minnich
Northumberland County MH/MR

Ted Piwowar
Williamsport Area School District

Daphne Ross
Montgomery Area School District

Rick Steele
Juvenile Court Judges Commission

Paul Watson II
Pennsylvania College of Technology

Victor Wright
Parent Representative

KayLynn Zimmerman
Former Program Participant

Our Work

To carry out its mission, CPWDC and its Youth Council are currently involved in a variety of projects. Please visit Educators and Youth and Parents for more information and resources.