If you are interested, please apply before May 1, 2017: Application
History of The Program
The program began in 2003 when EmPOWERment Inc. identified one of the problems hindering our youth as a lack of opportunities after high school. In a county-wide youth summit the same year, young people vocalized concern about lack of jobs. EmPOWERment, Inc. approached local business owners with the idea of hiring youth with little or no experience and working with them as interns throughout the summer.
Community business partners agreed to create a paid intern position and provide the program participants with valuable work experience while pulling from a local job pool and impacting the life of a teenager.
The first year of the program EmPOWERment was able to pair five Interns with community partners. With each ensuing year, the program has grown and developed. As of the summer of 2017 the Career Explorers program has created over 125 jobs for youth in the community.
How it Works
As full time employees, Career Explorers spend 36 hours a week on site with their employer and 4 hours per week with the Career Explorer program administrators. During these four hours, students are able to share their experiences, ask questions and participate in valuable workshops that represent a variety of life skills, to include: financial literacy, budgeting and saving money, employment and personal etiquette, leadership development, civic awareness, writing a resume, and conflict resolution. These four hour sessions take place on Fridays and consist of presentations from experienced guest speakers and tours of local businesses.
We are proud to say that every summer since the program began, at least one Career Explorer has been offered a permanent position or requested the following summer by their employer.
Not only do we provide jobs, but we also provide a great foundation for students entering the workforce. Our goal is that participants will gain valuable life and career experience throughout the program and beyond.
The application process has ended for 2017, but please stay in touch for information about summer 2018. Applications are usually released late spring.