Community Benefit Stories
Preparing Teens for the World of Work
Some day you may meet a camp coordinator, recreation specialist, computer technician, clerk or art teacher who got his or her start from a program made possible in part by Froedtert Hospital.
The program, Summer Jobs and Training for Teens, gave six teens a “leg up” in the world of work during the summer of 2008. Froedtert gave a grant of $3000 to the nonprofit agency, Our Next Generation, which allowed it to obtain another $3000 in matching funds from a private donor.
The students worked about 20 hours a week for six weeks in a variety of positions including recreation assistant, arts program assistant, clerical aide, assistant to camp site coordinator, enrichment program specialist, and tech lab assistant.
The program provided more than a paycheck. The teens came away with real work experience that helped them develop a work ethic, gave them exposure to customer and public relations techniques, practice in following directions and the opportunity to work in a team environment.
The teens also learned about the importance of being on time, a professional personal appearance, a positive attitude, self-initiative, being flexible and taking pride in their work.
Last Review Date: Oct. 23, 2009
Online Editor(s): Richard Petre