Hy-Vee and DMACC

Hy-Vee Makes $50,000 Donation to DMACC's Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families

Posted 8/10/2020

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 experience.

"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.

Sailu 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 experience days.

“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."

DeJear 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 leader.

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 www.evelynkdaviscenter.org/syep.


For more information, contact: Marvin DeJear, mdejear@evelynkdaviscenter.org, (515) 697-1476 ​

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