Youth job fair draws old, new participants
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The Youth Hiring and Education Fair March 30 had representatives from more than 20 businesses and educational entities looking to help Fort Riley youth in getting volunteer experience, employment or post-secondary education.

Benita Edwards, Employment Readiness Program manager, said many of the representatives were at past job fairs but there were also a couple new faces.

"I have a new one," she said. "The U.S. Census Bureau, they have a lot of positions that they are hiring for. They were really interested in coming out and getting their jobs advertised."

United States Census Bureau, partnership specialist Emily Kelley, wife of Lt. Col. Terence Kelley, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs officer, said the jobs available have great pay with flexible hours.

Some companies were interviewing applicants on the spot making the job fair successful for the employers and the youth in attendance.

Turnout for the event was low but Monica Smith, Education Services specialist, said even if only one or two people were reached at least someone was helped.

"Even if we don't have a big crowd, at least we got someone," she said. "So, hey we're able to make it work."