Free Summer Youth Employment Program Open to Teens
Monday, April 26, 2021
Morris County teenagers ages 14 to 18 can learn employment and life skills through NewBridge Services’ free summer youth employment program, starting June 28.
High schoolers attend the program in-person or virtually for two hours once a week, and participate in supervised community service projects on Thursdays, NewBridge Career Placement Coordinator Irene Candelaria said. Classes are offered Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only four students a day will attend in-person morning sessions at NewBridge’s Parsippany location, 1259 Rt. 46 East, Building 2. Afternoon sessions will be held virtually, Candelaria said.
“I really hope kids get motivation and job skills they’re going to need in real life,” Candelaria said. Participants will learn interviewing and job search skills, resume writing, financial literacy and stress management. The program includes job site visits and supervised volunteer experiences. One focus of the program is teaching teens to become better communicators so they can initiate conversations with adults, Candelaria said.
The summer youth employment program, which includes transportation and snacks, is open to 35 participants. The deadline to apply is May 14. Call 973-939-2423 or email Candelaria at firstname.lastname@example.org. The program is funded by Morris County and runs through Aug. 31.
NewBridge Services, a 501c(3) nonprofit, is a leading provider of counseling services, housing and educational programs in northern New Jersey, helping thousands of children, adults and seniors each year. NewBridge treats mental illnesses and addictions; teaches skills for coping with stress, grief and challenging relationships; helps children who have been abused and neglected — and their families — heal; builds and manages affordable housing; offers school-based programs that teach children and adolescents resiliency skills for healthy emotional development; helps young adults succeed in their education and prepare for careers; and supports seniors so they can remain independent. Throughout its 58-year history, NewBridge has remained true to its mission of bringing balance to people’s lives by tracking shifts in communities’ needs and providing innovative, effective programs to meet them.