Now hiring: Mont. Co. YouthWorks program accepting applications for summer 2018

Mont. Co. YouthWorks program accepting applications for summer 2018 (WKEF/WRGT)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 summer YouthWorks program for Montgomery County high school students ages 14 to 18. The program gives students the opportunity to experience summer employment while gaining valuable job readiness and life skills.

“You can tell that when someone comes up to you and talks to you about program they got so much out of it,” said Mark Anderson of Montgomery County Development Services. “Who knows whether or not they would’ve received that training elsewhere?”

For two weeks, students go through extensive job training by attending classes and seminars.

“We’re teaching them how to sit at a business meeting and participate or how to accept any invite to lunch when the boss says, ‘Hey, let’s get something to eat,” said Anderson. “Or how to talk about business; all the little things we take for granted.”

Then for eight weeks students are paired with an employer of their choosing. Students are paid for their work, but it doesn’t cost employers a time. This program is entirely funded by Montgomery County.

“Kids light up. They love it,” Anderson said. “Just think about it. Making $1200 when you’re 16 years old and had zero before. That’s a massive amount of money.”

In the past, the program has had as many as 2,200 students and 500 employers participate.

“When you take kids and teach them things they use and move onto new career you can kind of look back and say sometimes they wouldn’t have had that option,” Anderson said. “This opportunity was given to them and they took it.”

To apply, check out this website.

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