The young workers in the 2022 Summer Youth Work Program enjoyed a day off on Thursday, July 28, by touring the Reservation and then going to Top City Golf in Topeka for golfing and food. This year, there were 22 youth workers employed across 10 different departments. Andre Johnson, who worked at the Boys and Girls Club, said, “I liked it because I learned how it’s gonna be like in the real world when I’m gonna be working. I liked how I was treated when I was at the Boys and Girls Club. Helping kids out really helped me because I like helping people, especially younger people. I really enjoyed that.”
The Summer Youth Work Program is a two-month experiential program offered by the Education Department of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. Applicants between the ages of 14-18 were interviewed, and those selected for the program went through the hiring process from application to orientation. They were then placed in various departments to work a maximum of 30 hours a week over the two-month period and were paid hourly wages. Additionally, the youth workers gained unique work experience that they can draw from in their future careers.
This year, the program ran from June 6, 2022, to July 29, 2022. In addition to the Boys and Girls Club, the program participants worked in the Elder Center, Child Care, Commodities, the Tribal Historic Preservation Office, Member Services, Planning and Environmental Protection, Construction Management, the Tribal Council Secretary’s Office, and the Diabetes Prevention Program.
Some youth workers were not present for the day off because they were attending the Potawatomi Gathering hosted by the Hannahville Indian Community in Michigan.
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