INVESTOR NEWSLETTER ISSUE N°3

FALL 2009

STIMULUS UPDATE

AUGUST 2009

Special Report

2009 Summer Youth Employment

Recovery funded program
Left: Summer Youth Employment Program
participants Carter Twillie, age 21, left, and
Ronald Thompson age 17, recording video and
photos, are the media team for Workforce
Connection’s 2009 youth program. Above:
Summer Youth Employment Program
participants explored careers using green
energy, such as building a model car fueled by
water.
Video - More about the summer program at
www.youtube.com/WorkforceCLM.
(Photos by Jannet Walsh/Workforce Connection ©)

Digital, high tech and green

Building opportunities, career paths
What did the youth in 2009 Summer
Youth Employment Program do on
summer vacation? Answer: They
were building bridges to future
careers.
The Workforce Connection Summer
Youth Program for Citrus, Levy and
Marion Counties joined with 132
business sites serving 300 youth
from ages 14 to 24. The younger
youth have participated in a
simulated workplace where they
built a computer, hydrogen powered
car, experimented with solar energy
models and
participated in learning activities at
related businesses.

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2009
Summer Youth
Employment Program

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have been recording and taking
photographs of the students in different
classrooms and the other students that
are working in the different job clusters
that they want to go into after the
program is over,” said Twillie. “The
most valuable thing I learned this
summer was to be persistent and work
really hard, even if it is something you
like or enjoy. It’s all fun, but it is still
work and keep professional where it
belongs and fun where it belongs.”
Twillie is interested in a career in the
medical field and Thompson is
interested in photography.

Writing - Candria Mathis, 15, emailed
a thank you note to her instructors. “I
attended the youth connections
Poster for business sites of the youth
Documenting - The media team of program.
program. . . . I would like to say thank
Carter Twillie, age 21, and Ronald Thompson, age
you for all that you did to make this program
17, both of Ocala, documented the summer. “We
available. I enjoyed the program and the guest
Workforce Connection is a member of the Employ Florida network of workforce services and resources. Workforce Connection
is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
All voice telephone numbers listed above may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at
711. If you need accommodations, please call 352-840-5700, ext. 1278 or e-mail accommodations@clmworkforce.com. Please
make request at least three business days in advance.

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Bridging opportunities, career paths - continued
speakers. I learned a lot in this
program. I never thought that I would
assemble a computer,” said Mathis.

Responsibility - “The most
important thing I have learned is how
to be organized. Sometimes you
have to come up with
things on the spot. You
have to be an allaround person,” said
Jayzmaine Lumsden,
age 17, interested in a
career in neonatal
nursing.

“We learned about
finances, how to prepare
resumes, cover letters
and put in a thank you
letter after a job
interview. We also
learned how to build a
computer, green
technology and know
it’s importance.”

- Aaron Rebarchik

Jessia Kerison, 22, was
hired at part-time status
after the youth program
ended at the law office
of J. Herbert Williams,
in Ocala. “She fit in
really well with us. . . .
We did not have to
correct her on dress or
cell phone usage,” said
Jill Williams.
Accounting major Jeff
Keener, 19, interned at
Cridland & Cridland
GMAC Real Estate, in Inverness.
“It’s a great experience for future
jobs, as it is an office job. It’s a great
environment for learning in the
future. I have learned the accuracy
of your work is very important. If you
make a mistake, than everyone
suffers from it,” said Keener.

Students built wind turbines and conducted experimentst to
learn more about green energy technology.

Speaking - Jennifer Rijos, 15,
delivered a speech at the graduation
ceremonies for the summer youth
program. “During our six weeks our
teacher taught us a better
understanding of jobs in the work
industry, budgeting and shopping
rules.” said Riijos. She noted
students learned how to fill out job
applications. Christopher Jimenez,
age 15, also addressed his class
and explored career opportunities for
his future.
Mentoring - Ebony Hutchinson, 24,
and Glenn Fowler Jr., 22, both Peer
Monitors, visited youth worksites and
assisted in administrative aspects of
the program. They joined younger
students on learning activities at
employers, such as Monterey Boats
in Williston, Progress Energy in
Crystal River and Gateway Bank in
Ocala.

“Responsibilty was something they
learned over time. . . . We accepted
them to assit with the campers. The
responsibility of following what they
must do, not what they want to do,”
said Albert Fuller, Levy County
Extention Director and 4-H Agent, on
summer camp workers.
Global thinking - ”I also didn’t know
really anything about the green
technology out there. I learned that
no matter what field I choose to go
into, I can do something to make the
planet better,” said Candria

Mathis.

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Aaron Rebarchik, age 16, of Ocala,
participated in the Summer Youth
Employment Program.
Workforce Connection is an equal
opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary
aids and services are available upon
request to individuals with disabilities. All
voice telephone numbers listed above
may be reached by persons using TTY/
TDD equipment via the Florida Relay
Service at 711. If you need
accommodations, please call
352-840-5700, ext. 7878 or e-mail
accommodations@clmworkforce.com.
Please make request at least three
business days in advance.
Please contact Jannet Walsh, Community
Relations/Communications Manager at
Workforce Connection, for additional
information at 352-873-7939 ext. 1234 or
e-mail jwalsh@clmworkforce.com.

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