Summer Youth Jobs Program In Palm Bay Educates Incoming High School Seniors
By Yvonne Martinez, City of Palm Bay // June 16, 2015
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ABOVE VIDEO: More than two dozen incoming high school seniors are learning essential job readiness skills that will make them better candidates for future employment.
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – More than two dozen incoming high school seniors are learning essential job readiness skills that will make them better candidates for future employment.
The city’s second annual Juniors to Jobs program in partnership with CareerSource Brevard and the Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce began Monday with a one-week “Foundations Training” class.
It will culminate with mock interviews with prospective employers and for 13 candidates result in a five week long paid summer internship.
The city launched the program last year through the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s DollarWise program.
It has since become a model program around the country.
“Juniors to Jobs focuses on helping the students from Palm Bay’s three area high schools develop work readiness, financial and career exploration skills along with meaningful paid work experience opportunities with Palm Bay businesses,” said Marci Brilley, vice president of operations for CareerSource Brevard.
“This will also help them get a better idea of knowing what they want to do when they leave high school.”
Thirteen local businesses will employ students for thirteen positions. They will work up to 25-hours per week for a five week period.
Wages will be split between the employer and the city of Palm Bay for a total of $1280.00 per student.
They will be paid through Spherion Staffing which will handle all the payroll administration for the program.
“It is so important to educate our youth about how to be successful in the world of work,” said Mayor William Capote.
“This is an investment in our future. We want to make sure they have all the tools they need to develop successful strategies that will get them ahead in life. We are investing in their success.”
It is being partially paid for with grant funds from the DollarWise campaign and partnerships with local businesses.
The students will be working in jobs involving healthcare, law, professional business, engineering and other important careers.