Apopka’s Student Work Program Seeks Businesses for Summer Employment

The City of Apopka is looking for businesses to provide a summer of great work experience for local high-school students.

Apopka Youth Works is a new program in partnership with CareerSource Central Florida to provide eight weeks of employment and job-skills training for 32 high-school juniors and seniors. The goal is to provide first-time jobs that offer a lifetime of valuable workplace knowledge.

Businesses should provide meaningful work in a safe, supervised environment where the young workers can learn to be successful on the job. All wages, taxes and insurance are covered by the program, which will be offered from June 8 to July 31.

CareerSource will spend the first week with Valencia College to provide the students with 24 hours of workplace training at Apopka’s Leroy F. Gilliam Training Center at 321 E. Cleveland Street. Lessons show how to write an effective résumé and cover letter, interview techniques, communication skills, conflict resolution, and professional workplace etiquette.

Students also will participate in the United States Conference of Mayors’ DollarWise Campaign. DollarWise provides youth with financial literacy curricula targeting money management skills. By completing 5 online education modules, students will be eligible to win Apple iPads and other prizes.

The students will work for 7 weeks with participating businesses. Students will earn $8.25 an hour for 30 hours a week. Employment should not include golf courses, swimming pools, religious places of worship or settings with aquariums or zoo animals.

Interested businesses can contact the City of Apopka at (407) 703-1819 or e-mail to sjackson@apopka.net. To contact CareerSource Central Florida, call 407-531-1222, ext. 2034.

CareerSource will visit Apopka-area high schools and interview students for program eligibility. Criteria include:

· U.S. citizen or alien resident between the ages of 16 and 21
· Demonstrate financial need and a history of educational and/or employment difficulty
· Reside in the five-county region served by CareerSource
· Low-income, receive public cash assistance or food stamps
· Homeless or foster child
· Have a disability

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