Partnership Continues Between Hy-Vee & Evelyn K. Davis (EKD) Center for Working Families
Generous donation will be used for youth programming at the Evelyn K. Davis (EKD) Center for Working Families.
Hy-Vee has been a partner with the EKD Center's Summer Youth Experience Program since its inception in 2013.
Hy-Vee Hires many 14 to 21-year-olds for the summer program and year-round opportunities.
Hy-Vee recently announced it is making a $50,000 donation to DMACC's
Evelyn K. Davis (EKD) Center for Working Families located at 1171 Seventh Street in Des Moines.
The donation will be used to support youth programming.
EKD Center Director Marvin DeJear said the EKD Center has been partnering with Hy-Vee since the Center's
Summer Youth Experience Program (SYEP)
was started in 2013. This 10-week program provides youth ages 14-21
with a paid, work-based opportunity that encompasses a work-readiness
curriculum, career pathway exploration, mentoring and an on-site work
"The partnership has grown over time to where
all of the Hy-Vee stores have been open to hiring our youth, not only
for the summer, but for year-round opportunities as well," DeJear said.
Timbo, who currently serves as Hy-Vee's Vice President for Community
and Diversity Relations, was the store manager of the Hy-Vee store at
the Harding Hills Plaza on Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway in Des Moines
when SYEP was developed, and worked with the EKD Center on meals for
participating students during training and the program's Friday
“We have enjoyed a tremendous partnership with
the Evelyn K. Davis Center for several years," said Timbo. “Their
commitment to helping members of our community reach their work and
career goals very closely aligns with our mission at Hy-Vee to help make
lives easier, healthier and happier for everyone.
"We're delighted to be able to support their programs with this latest donation, and look forward to our continued partnership."
said for the first two weeks of SYEP, participants are trained in the
core competencies of proper workplace ethics, communication, attire and
time management. They also receive comprehensive training in financial
literacy and asset building, entrepreneurship, post-secondary processes,
peer mentoring and resume-building. Additionally, the program helps
youth understand the value of being work-ready and prepared to be a
For the remaining eight weeks, DeJear said participants
are placed with a partnered employer, such as Hy-Vee, and are expected
to work up to 20 hours per week. He said over the past seven years, 412
young people have enrolled in SYEP and 354 have successfully graduated,
for an 86 percent completion rate.
"We are excited about the
overall direction the partnership is going and look forward to working
with Hy-Vee well into the future to provide opportunities for the
marginalized communities we serve," DeJear said.
To learn more about SYEP, visit
For more information, contact: Marvin DeJear, email@example.com, (515) 697-1476