CAMP ZAMA, Japan (May 13, 2019) -- Teenage and young-adult Status of Forces Agreement dependents eager to gain work experience, along with a paycheck, will be able to do so by taking part in Camp Zama's summer hire program.

An information brief, scheduled to be held May 15 at 2 p.m. at the Camp Zama Youth Center, will provide information on the number of positions available, the participating organizations and the application and selection process, and representatives will be there to answer any questions.

Jennifer Ledbetter, a human resources specialist assigned to Camp Zama's Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, which coordinates the program, said it provides teenage and young-adult dependents with what may be, for many of them, their first experience with paid employment.

"This program affords [participants] the chance to get real-life work experience in several different career fields," said Ledbetter.

The participating organizations not only fund the program to pay the young employees for their work, but they also provide a workplace that offers the chance for mentorship and professional development, Ledbetter said.

Those who are interested in participating in the program are highly encouraged, along with their parents, to attend the information brief, which will cover topics such as how to create a resume, how to create and build an account on the USAJobs website, how to search for positions, how to apply, and how to upload the required documents.

SOFA-status family members between the ages 14 and 22, who are on their sponsor's orders, are eligible to apply for the program. Job announcements will be listed from May 20 through 31 on www.usajobs.gov.

There will be limited positions available, and they vary from full- to part-time work. All applicants will be hired under the same job title, and the selections will be done by lottery. Employment will begin from June 24 and run through Aug 16.

In past summer hire programs, selectees worked at Public Health Command, Medical Department Activity-Japan, the Japan Engineer District, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Army Japan Public Affairs Office, and the Child Development Center.

Riki Fameli, a senior at Zama American Middle High School, worked for Army Community Services during last year's program and said he enjoyed getting to experience what it was like to have an office job. He said he would "definitely recommend" that others his age participate in the program if they would like a unique summer experience.

"It's a good way to spend some time, get some experience, and make some money," said Riki.

For more information on the summer hire program, call 263-3608 or (046) 407-3608 from a commercial line.