We Hired 95 Youth This Summer!
June marked the kick off of one of the busiest times of year for our Career Services Teams – we interviewed, hired and trained 95 young people to work in jobs this summer. Our youth came in to the SAY Finley Dream Center for a two day HR and training intensive, getting outfitted for work clothes and learning teamwork skills. Then we kicked off the first work week with a BBQ at Spring Lake Park. Our youth, led by our extraordinary Career Services team, TOTALLY nailed it! Our kids were incredibly engaged and professional. You would’ve been so very proud to see them in action. Our very own Mike Zigler MC’d the lunchtime program, keeping the speakers flowing, including Chairman of the County Board of Supervisors, Efren Carrillo, Supervisor Susan Gorin, and youth star Emily Castenada. The food was wonderful (thanks to Kaiser Permanente, the Probation crew and the Sonoma County Human Services Department) and the activities were inspiring and fun. There was a great story and photos in Thursday’s Press Democrat: Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps kicks off summer season of outdoor work.
Our youth are working with us through funding generously provided by the Sonoma County Human Services Department and the Santa Rosa Violence Prevention Partnership. Many of our youth crews are a part of the Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps (SCYEC) which offers youth the opportunity to earn meaningful, paid work experience, environmental education, and the opportunity to explore careers and develop work-readiness skills. Youth contribute to their community while completing environmental and conservation-related projects or by working with local non-profit organizations.