This weekly program is conducted by employment specialists, allowing the
teens to explore career and professional work experiences available to them.
For starters, in order to learn about the world of work in concrete terms, participants
must obtain a social security card. Next, they learn how to accurately complete
working papers, successfully complete employment applications, open a bank account,
and prepare a resume. Participants also take part in role-playing job interviews,
wearing appropriate attire that can be constructively critiqued. To make this
component as real as possible, each teen is paid a stipend or minimum hourly
wage for this training program, and required to deposit it into their individual
savings account on a monthly basis.
Another aspect of this program component is to obtain part or full-time
summer positions and part-time positions during the school year, provided
grades are solid. Those who are twelve and thirteen years old (too young
for working papers and typical part-time jobs) participate in our Entrepreneurial
Apprenticeship Program. Through this program they, along with older teens
who have chosen to be involved, work at various community functions, such
as basketball games and dances selling hot dogs, soda, juice and snacks.
In addition, they develop other products for sale like buttons, holiday
wreaths, etc. They too earn a stipend or minimum hourly wage for their
work, and must also keep their bank accounts active.