Can we ensure that our kids remain engaged and invested in our community? Is it possible to provide middle schoolers with opportunities that give them a sense of purpose and are also fun? Can we offer our San Geronimo Valley and Nicasio youth hands-on learning experiences locally? Yes to all of the above – through our Youth Job Training Program!
Our Youth Job Training Program provides middle schoolers an opportunity to work at local businesses or nonprofits. These internships give our Valley and Nicasio youth practical skills, workplace experience and greater knowledge and comfortability within a work environment. Some of our current student interns are learning how to make the perfect latte at The Pump Espresso Bar in Forest Knolls, how a retail shop is run at Revolution 9 in Fairfax, the joy of creating a radio show and being on-air at KWMR in Point Reyes, and how to participate and give back at our very own Community Center Food Bank.
This program not only gives our middle schooler’s great first–time work experiences but engages them in meaningful and purposeful activities that offer both continuity and variety to their everyday. Our internships are a great way for kids to see their impact on the community. The benefits experienced by our students, community, and partner organizations are enormous. Working and volunteering within our community teaches compassion, empathy, tolerance, gratitude, and community responsibility.
Big thanks to all of the businesses and nonprofits working with our youth: The Pump Espresso Bar, West Marin Montessori Preschool, San Geronimo Valley Preschool, Lagunitas Deli, Woodacre Country Market and Deli, Revolution 9, KWMR, Bovine Bakery, Marin Power Yoga, St Rita’s Thrift Store, Fairfax San Anselmo Children’s Center, Live Water Surf Shop and Roco Dance and Fitness. If you are a local business or nonprofit and would like to participate in this program, please reach out and let us know!
Rebecca Teague, Poko Giacomini, Julie Young
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Job Training Program Timesheet