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Wilmington’s Parks and Recreation Youth Career Development Program is Under Way

Post Date:06/17/2019 4:00 PM

The City’s summer jobs and internship program will employ as many as 475 youths, including more than a dozen young people working in Green Jobsyouth career development 2019

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki and Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Kelley announced today the opening of the City’s 2019 Youth Career Development program. The six- to eight-week program began today, Monday, June 17, and will employ hundreds of Wilmington youths in 400 jobs and as many as 75 internships – including more than a dozen Green Jobs – within City government as well as in the business and community sectors.

Mayor Purzycki said that Youth Career Development is an important job-placement and internship effort that will help City young people develop valuable work skills and prepare those same young people for a successful future.

“We continue to be enthusiastic about our revamped Career Development program and the unique opportunities it affords our City’s youth,” said the Mayor. “All program participants, whether as an intern or on the workforce track, will come away with a solid foundation for continued personal and professional growth. We want our young people to succeed, which they will do by becoming more responsible in a work-like setting and understanding more about the talents and skills they have to achieve their goals.”

All participants in the 2019 Youth Career Development Program are between the ages of 14 and 21. They completed an application and meet other income, residency and job-eligibility requirements. Participants 17 years of age and younger had to complete a Delaware Department of Labor work permit form. Background and drug testing was administered prior to employment, and all participants had to arrange for direct deposit of their paychecks in order to be paid.

A new feature of this year’s improved Youth Career Development program is the two-track path to employment through competitive internships and the workforce track.

This year’s participants had the option of applying for one of 75 internship positions with entities including Summer Collab, United Way, Interfaith Housing, Freedom School, Green Jobs, and Christiana Care, as well as the City of Wilmington. Interns were selected through an open and competitive interview process. Participants have been assigned a career mentor during the program, and after successful completion, they will receive a letter of recommendation from their employer.

The workforce track consists of entry-level jobs that are available in diverse businesses and agencies throughout the community. Among them are the City of Wilmington, Blue Diamond Oil, R.E. Page and Associates, Southbridge Neighborhood House, Girls Inc., the YMCA, Shop Rite, Westin Hotels and the Riverfront Development Corporation, as well law offices, daycare centers, and other area employers. 

In addition to the City of Wilmington, Youth Career Development 2019 partners include Bank of America, the Delaware Department of Labor, and the Laffey-McHugh Foundation.

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