GARY | The Brick Porch Movement Inc., a faith-based nonprofit community empowerment organization, held mock job interviews for eight youths in its Job and Career Preparation program. For seven of the interviewees, this was their first job interview.
The interviews were conducted by Laura Lovell, job and career program leader and trainer, and Akisha Moore, general manager at McDonald's Restaurant. The youths were interviewed according to the job applications they filled out for positions they were interested in based on options provided by Lovell.
The Job and Career Preparation program is in its first year. Meetings are held for boys and girls 12 to 18 at the Miller branch of the Gary Public Library.
The mock interviews were held during the 16th week of the program, which has seen as many as 13 teenagers attending. Participants have learned about leadership, how to conduct themselves on the job, proper work attire, how to dress for an interview, how to conduct themselves when seeking job applications, how to fill out an application, choosing the appropriate job, preparing a reference sheet, supplying references, and interview conduct.
The youths have also participated in two volunteer activities, the Shamrock Shuffle Pack-a-thon at Opportunity Enterprises in Valparaiso and the food giveaway at the Gary Genesis Convention Center with the Food Bank of NWI.
Moore extended employment to two of the youths that were 18 based on their professionalism, experience, skills and competency exhibited during the interviews.
At the end of the year, all individuals who successfully complete the program (based on attendance, assignments, participation in classroom and online discussions, and volunteer activities) will receive a certificate of participation. Five individuals will be awarded iPads this year for excellence.
Parents of any youth 12 to 18 who believes they can benefit from the program can contact Tyrone R. Roberts at (219) 576-2801 to register them in the program. Visit www.brickporchservantleadership.com.