At-Risk Teens Develop Work Skills Through Achievers II
Ten local teens are gaining invaluable work skills at the Y through Achievers II, a work program funded by a $54,000 grant from the Workforce Investment Act.
The program offers young adults between the ages of 16 and 21 positive experiences to help prepare them for a future career. Many of the participants have struggled in school or have dropped out of school altogether. But through job training and professional development, the young adults are learning about different career options and all the ins and outs of applying and interviewing for a job and for college.
“The teens appreciate the opportunity the program provides and the individual coaching they receive to help prepare them for jobs or college,” said Jo Ann Rountree, Youth Development Specialist for the Y and director of the program.
In addition to working for the Y on a part-time basis and gaining new job skills, the teens are also learning about the importance of giving back to the community through group service projects.
The Community YMCA is proud of this group of young adults and we acknowledge Bryanna Reevey for being recognized on October 16 by the Monmouth Country Workforce Investment Board for successfully completing the program.