YEP succeeds

To the editor:

Children & Families of Iowa recently completed our summer Youth Employment Program and we would like to thank local businesses and professionals who helped us make this program a success.

The program began on June 11 with a trip to the Adventure Learning Center in Des Moines for leadership and teamwork training. For the next six weeks, youth participated in classroom instruction on workplace values with the curriculum Bring Your A-Game to Work, and had lunch and learn workshops that included guest speakers on various topics including: workplace safety, social media, and interviewing skills. At the end of the program youths were given opportunities to job shadow area professionals.

Children & Families of Iowa would like to give special thanks to the following individuals and businesses for their involvement with this program:

Shadd Scharf, Iowa Central Community College, introduced youths to the field of Process Technology.

Barb Wollan, Iowa State University Extension, provided training on budgeting, banking and financial management.

Joey O’Brion and Courtney Bachel, Decker Truck Line, presented information on careers within the transportation industry.

John Copper, UnityPoint Heath, talked about health care careers and specifically those in emergency medicine.

Maddie Thoma, C Signs & Graphics, provided an opportunity for youths to job shadow and discover the field of graphic design.

Sheriff James Stubbs, Webster County Sheriff’s Department, gave youth a tour of the Law Enforcement Center, including a visit to morning court, and explained the career possibilities within the field of criminal justice.

Children & Families of Iowa is grateful that these professionals were willing to give their time to assist in our efforts to inspire and support area youths in attainment of their educational and career goals.

Children & Families of Iowa’s Youth Employment Program serves individuals from 14-21 years of age living in Hamilton, Humboldt, Wright, Pocahontas, Calhoun and Webster counties. We encourage employers from these counties who are willing to provide job shadowing or work experience opportunities to contact CFI. For more information about the program or eligibility requirements, please call 573-2193.

Teresa Larson-White

Fort Dodge