Say YES to finding a summer job

By: Sara Zendehnam Email
By: Sara Zendehnam Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The YES program - or Youth Employment Success program - not only recruits teens to jobs but also places mentors with them to teach them how to get the most out of their work experience.

Businesses involved with YES will hire, train and mentor teens to give them the best entry level work experience possible.

What sets this apart from similar job resources is the collaboration between different agencies around town. The Mesa County Workforce Center has partnered several agencies to launch the program and recruit businesses to take on the challenge. The Grand Junction Rockies has accepted and jumped on the chance to change teens lives.

"It doesn't get any better than to be surrounded by a group of people who are passionate about their career and hopefully will be able to be a good influence," Sara Martz, GJ Rockies.

The new hires can either be mentored by the Rockies staff or utilize the Workforce Center's team of people who will guide the youth in the right direction.

There are many skills the program aims to teach the employees and perfecting these will help youth be successful in their job now and in their future careers.

"If we can just get some of our youth some experience this summer we think it's going to be a really successful program," Suzie Miller, Mesa County Workforce Center.

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