Summer Youth Employment Program Kicks Off
This year, the program started out with six days of occupational foundation classes to assist in preparing these youths for their summer jobs. During these classes a great deal of information was covered, including the following: work ethic development, career development, job shadowing, community service project and workplace education skills. These classes consisted of team building and communication activities, labor market/career path exploration, proper application techniques, interviewing techniques and mock interviews. A speaker from Susquehanna Bank was also invited to discusses payroll planning with the group.
The youths also went to Camp Sinoquipe in Fort Littleton to do a community service project. The youths assisted a camp maintenance volunteer with digging a trench to help redirect water that runs off the dining hall so that it does not wash all the sand off the beach. Once that project was complete, a large pine tree was transplanted. After successfully transplanting the tree, time allowed the summer program participants to assist with mowing and lawn care before their day ended. Following a discussion with their consuelor the youths said that the end result of their work experience at Sinoquipe was learning about the importance of “team work and communication!”
This year a few new Fulton County work sites have joined the program along with some of the previously used work sites.
This Sumer Youth Empolyment Program is made possible through the support of Southern Alleghenies Workforce Investment Board, the region’s leader and active partner in workforce development efforts. Employment and Training Services is looking forward to a successful and safe summer program.