EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: It’s summer employment time for youths again

2014-03-25T00:00:00Z 2014-03-27T23:44:25Z EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: It’s summer employment time for youths againBy Terry McCullough nwitimes.com
March 25, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Yes, it’s that time of year again when summer activity and employment programs ramp up to make certain our youths are occupied when school is out and the weather is better.

We don’t want to just “occupy” young people during the summer months; we want to provide them with experiences and opportunities that develop career interests, improve life skills, provide opportunities to experience the real work world and make a few extra dollars to foster that sense of independence.

Here are few notable summer youth employment opportunities seeking motivated young workers.

The Community Violence Prevention Program is an anti-violence program providing job training and other pro-social opportunities. The program connects businesses and organizations with talented and diverse young workers. Young workers 16 to 24 years old are eligible for this nine week program. Interested youths can access and complete an application online at www.ilcvpp.

All wages are subsidized by the CVPP state grant program. There is no cost to employers. Employers interested in hosting one or more youths can also find out more information at www.ilcvpp.

The Zuccarelli Assistance Program employs about 100 high school students in Thornton Township to cut grass for seniors and disabled residents. To qualify, the student must be at least 16 years old and in good standing at their high school. Preference is given to honor roll students. To apply, call Fred Griffin Jr. at (708) 596-6040.

Thornton Township Summer Enrichment Program is an opportunity for high school and college students with grade point averages of at least 3.0. The job duties include working with youths 10 to 13 years old and leading a program that is a medley of scholastic, social, cultural, physical and leisure activities. Call India Ridley at (708) 596-6040 ext. 2015 for more info.

The Student Conservation Leadership Corps is for students ages 15 to 19 and 21 or older, who will be completing an assortment of hands-on-conservation and restoration projects within different areas of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. To apply for this opportunity contact Carina at cruiz@thesca.org.

Together these programs will provide enriched work experience for about 200 youths in south suburban Cook County.

So parents, do your child a favor. Pass this information on to them. Don’t call for them, don’t fill out the application for them, and don’t make that follow-up call. These jobs are looking for self-motivated young people. Do everything you can to help them understand that employers are looking to hire them — not mom or dad.

Terry McCullough is program manager for the Thornton Township Youth Committee. The opinions are the writer's.

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