84 Delaware students finish up summer youth employment program

First State Community Action Agency is helping students move forward in their pathway to a career.

The FSCAA celebrated the nearly 100 Sussex and Kent County students that have been working all summer long with their Summer Youth Employment Program.

Students, ranging in ages from 14 to 18-years-old, pair up with local businesses and non-profit organizations to learn about career development and communication and writing skills that will help them get ready for the workforce. 

Dr. Sandi Hagans Morris, First State's Education Director says, "We're looking at a workforce that is pretty much dying off and we want to make sure that our students are trained, they're educated, and they're geared up to go out there again and compete in the workforce." 

The students spent seven weeks working 200 hours at several partner sites each earning minimum wage.

Amina Alexander, has been a part of this program for two years now and tells 47 ABC it's been an amazing opportunity.

"I started when I was 15 so to be able to have this opportunity to go to a work site actually get paid, get a paycheck, and figuring out how to use that money–it's just a great opportunity for me and it's been so fun." 

Another student in the program, 15-year-old Joshua Jackson, says, "It's really helped me see what I really want to do because I actually want to get a degree in something in culinary arts and so it showed me that I don't want to just be that person that doesn't want to go to college and it let me earn money for college." 

The young workers attended workshops and development training in resume writing, mock interview skills, among other topics crucial for career planning. 

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