Summer Job? Kalamazoo Sets Up Youth Employment Program
For young people looking for the extra money that a job can supply, nothing beats knocking on doors, applying in person or online. But there's only so many jobs, so the City of Kalamazoo has a little help to offer in the process.
It's called "MyCITY", which stands for Career Introduction and Training for Youth. This is a summer job program for people ages 14-21. But beyond being a summer job, the city says it's to introduce career opportunities and offer up some skill training.
"MyCITY is all about developing young people’s career pathways,” said Eric Stewart, Director of Youth Opportunities Unlimited, which administers the program. “For some it’s an introduction to the world of work. For others it’s a genuine entry point to their lifelong career." - City of Kalamazoo release
The City of Kalamazoo is accepting applications through April 9th, 2019 at MyCityYou.org, a website setup for the program.
The program is divided into three pathways for different age groups. Career 101 offers 14 and 15-year-olds job readiness training in addition to summer work to prepare them for future success. For 16-21-year-olds, Career 2.0 explores career options and provides more on-the-job training. CareerNOW, the pathway for 18-21-year-olds, offers free training to help participants become certified professionals in fields such as welding, automotive repair, early childhood education, culinary arts, and certified nursing aid. All pathways provide summer work and paid wages.- City of Kalamazoo