Monday, December 28th, 2009

Morris-Sussex-Warren Employment & Training Services continues to maintain contact with the youth who participated in the Summer Work Experience Program that was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Barbara McShane, Supervising Employment Specialist, said Employment and Training Services is especially interested in staying in touch with the older youth who are out of school and whose jobs under the program lasted through October.

McShane said Employment and Training Services staff recently met with a number of the older youth at an event made possible by several Morristown businesses including The Famished Frog, Greenberry’s Coffee & Tea Company, Scotti’s Record Shops, International Pottery and Dunkin Donuts.

“We were looking for ways to engage these young people and to continue to offer our services to them, if needed, and the generosity of these businesses enabled us to do that.” McShane said. “We wanted the program participants to know that we’re available to work with them and help them develop plans to transition from the summer program to a training program or employment.”

The Summer Work Experience Program offered summer jobs at participating government offices, schools, community-based organizations and nonprofit agencies to income-qualified youth between the ages of 16 and 24. A total of 161 young people participated in the jobs program, 94 of them from Morris County, McShane said.