By Ms. Elyssa Vondra (Jackson)February 28, 2019
Army Community Service will host a Teen Job and Education fair at the NCO Club March 15, along with two Teen Summer Employment Preparation Workshops March 2 and March 9.
The intent is to help teenagers ages 14-19 to enter the workforce.
Various employers off and on-post will participate in the job fair, along with colleges from across the state and volunteer agencies, said Danita Johnson, ACS employment readiness program manager.
The mission is "to provide our youth with the opportunity to connect with employers, schools and volunteer agencies," Johnson added.
Teens may be interviewed and hired on the spot.
Some of the opportunities are during the summer, and a number of organizations will show teens potential future career paths.
Representatives from Patriots Park, the Exchange, and the Thrift Store will be there to represent installation employment options.
The American Red Cross will attend to showcase its VolunTEEN program.
All of the employers invited are actively seeking employees and are willing to hire teenagers.
"They have actual vacancies," said Patrick Thomas, ACS employment readiness specialist.
Roughly 80 teens, 16 employers and seven schools participated last year.
"A lot of times (teens) don't get the opportunity to work," and most don't go to a job fair until adulthood, Johnson added. The fair gives them a chance to network and get one-to-one face time with potential employers.
"Oftentimes we forget that the teens of service members are also going through transitions," Thomas said. Even if they want to, they may not know how to start applying for jobs.
The Teen Summer Employment Preparation Workshops will help them begin that process.
The workshops, to be held in the ACS building, focus on topics like writing a resume without work experience; applying and interviewing for positions; how to "dress for success"; how to spend money wisely; and how to use conflict resolution in the workplace, Thomas explained.
To register for the workshops, call the ACS main line at 751-5256.
No registration is required for the job fair.
The ACS Employment Readiness Program is always available to provide information and referrals for education, training, employment and volunteer opportunities. Services include resume development, career counseling and free computer training.