Leon County Youth Training Program Begins

By: Jacquie Slater Email
By: Jacquie Slater Email

Tallahassee, FL -- June 11, 2012 --

Jordon Waldron is in her second year working for the Leon County Youth Training Program. She says the experience is more than just a pay check.

"Good mentor-ships. There's a lot of people that are really helpful. Um, it's definitely a good resume builder and good networking skills," said Waldron.

Students ages 14 to 21 who live in Leon County can apply. They work in all areas of the county, including library services, parks and recreation, the Courthouse, and emergency management services.

"I think that we use them more than just stocking shelves and ringing on a register. I think they get to interact with our customers.They get to learn Leon County's vision and core values and move forward with them," said Geri Forslund, the Employee Development Coordinator for Leon County.

The program is in it's 12Th year. This year they had 57 jobs to fill and more than 3500 applicants.

"We get those names and information, resumes and applications, to the supervisors, and they read through all of the applications and decide who they're going to interview," said Forslund.

Students who are chosen earn $7.67 per hour. They work 20 to 25 hours per week.

"I like getting my paycheck cause I think it's good to save money for college. And that's what I'm doing with it," said Waldron.

The program lasts for six weeks and finishes up on Friday, July 20, 2012.

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