Noriwch YSB celebrates 27th year of Youth Employment Program

8.2.2013

Norwich Youth and Family Services is winding down from it's 27th annual Summer Youth Employment Program. This year the department employed 122 young people between the ages of 14-21 in its work skills and employment program in a variety of workplaces ranging from health care to childcare to administrative support services and landscaping. For many young people this is their first and most important introduction to work and the focus is not only on the youth obtaining work skills, but also on learning the all important “soft skills” of employment….appropriate behavior, showing up on time, getting along with co-workers, and …of course…cell phone use! With the necessary support of Norwich Human Services staff, these 122 young people averaged 23 hours of work per week for 5 weeks or 14030 man hours of employment at a time when their contribution proved a valuable asset to the community. It also meant $115,747.50 going into the Norwich economy for school clothes, food, and, in some cases, rent and utilities. It doesn’t get better than this partnership….everybody wins!


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