Mount Vernon summer jobs program replaced with online learning workshops

This year, Debbie Burrel Butler, who runs the program, decided to replace jobs with daily virtual educational workshops over Zoom.

News 12 Staff

Jun 5, 2020, 9:23 PM

Updated 1,448 days ago

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A popular Mount Vernon summer jobs program is being modified due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Summer Youth Employment program has for years provided young people with summer jobs and good exposure to 9-to-5 work.
This year, Debbie Burrel Butler, who runs the program, decided to replace jobs with daily virtual educational workshops over Zoom.
“We had to come up with a program that provided our youth with the same job skills that will lead to lifelong job retainment,” she told News 12.
In past year, 205 young people would be involved – but this year it was scaled down to 105.
The teens will be given computers and will be expected to show up for work each day for workshops on leadership, budgeting and other topics.
Instead of earning a salary, the teens will receive a stipend for their participation.
 


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