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Ready, Set, Work! Summer Jobs for Youth

During the summer of 2009, 20 Claremont and Lebanon-area youth participated in the Ready, Set, Work! (RSW) program, a four-week career planning and work retention course that combined classroom training with job placements. For many of these youth, this opportunity provided them with first-time employment and gave students an opportunity to further explore their individual career interests.

RSW is designed to help youth with significant barriers to employment master the steps required to identify, secure and retain a job while gaining work maturity. Students completed interest inventories, discussed job search strategies, and learned best practices for completing job applications, resumes, cover letters, and interviews. Problem solving, health and hazard training, customer service, and work place ethics rounded out the job retention activities. The program culminated with mock interviews conducted by local human resource managers. In addition to classroom training, youth worked 15 hours per week with area non-profit organizations and municipalities to gain work place experience.

The RSW students enjoyed “doing a job that gave me experience in the environmental field,” and “gaining office skills.” One Freshman noted that RSW covered many topics, and exposed him to many Upper Valley businesses. Other students gained significant confidence that now enables them to better articulate their strengths during job interviews. One employer stated, “Programs like this are so important, I wish all students could be exposed to this type of work training.”

RSW was brought to Claremont and Lebanon youth through a collaboration between the Upper Valley Business and Education Partnership (UVBEP), the Family School Connections of Clarmeont, Lebanon School District, River Valley Community College and the New Hampshire Department of Education with funding provided by an ARRA Grant received through the NH Workforce Opportunity Council.

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