Free after school program helps teens with skilled trades

Maureen Coulter
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Boys and Girls Club youth worker Amanda Gordon helps two teens work on their personal manifesto. The Skilled 4 Success after school program is designed to build teen’s resumes and to see where their interests lie in terms of a career in a skilled trade.

Two youth workers for the Boys and Girls Club smile and welcome the steady flow of teenagers walking through the doors into the after school program at the Murphy’s Community Centre in Charlottetown on Wednesday.

Skilled 4 Success is a youth program for teens between the ages of 14-18. The program is free and is offered every Wednesday from 3:30-5:00 p.m., beginning April 9.

The 10-week long program is designed to inform teens of the skilled trades in Canada and more specifically Prince Edward Island, said Amanda Gordon, youth worker for Boys and Girls Club.

“The gist of the program is we’re going to be doing some resume building and today (April 9) we are working on personal manifestos to sort of gauge their interest and see where that interest lies in terms of a career path for them.”

Skilled 4 Success will give teens a chance to job shadow at the end of the program, she said.

“So they can see for themselves first-hand sort of what that job entails.”

One off-site activity the teens will be doing is to not only see what jobs are around them in the city, but use their other senses like what they hear, a jack-hammer, or smell, a baker making bread, said Gordon.

“We are sort of using all senses to describe and find out different positions and jobs that they may not think about on a day-to-day basis.”

Kate Kennedy, youth worker for Boys and Girls Club, said a lot of the teens came to the program because they had an interest in trades and wanted to learn more about them.

“They are really excited to be able to potentially shadow in those work fields they are interested in.”

Kennedy said they are working their way into getting to know the teens a little better so they can help them with their areas of interest.

“It’s great to see that they are willing to take time out of their day to come here and learn and be excited.”

Ashley Langdon is a 17-year-old Colonel Gray student who came to the Skilled 4 Success program in hopes of gaining more skills to get a job.

“I would like to get a job sometime in the near future.”

Langdon said she would love to have the opportunity to shadow someone.

“Something in science, doesn’t specifically have to be biology, but science.”

Gordon said the program follows eight different modules in the workbook so each week they will touch on something different.

“We sort of build on the session before to sort of reach that end goal of this is my resume, this is how I can properly job search online and build their confidence in where their interests are and get them applying for summer employment.”

 

 

Organizations: Boys and Girls Club

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Canada, Prince Edward Island

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  • Jeanette Myers
    April 12, 2014 - 18:15

    What a wonderful opportunity for teens who aren't quite sure which career path they might enjoy. Kudos to the organizers and the youth taking advantage of it - I think this is awesome!