The City of Apopka and CareerSource Central Florida are teaming up for the third year in 2017 to provide 100 local students with unique opportunities to explore a variety of rewarding careers in the Apopka area.
The career education program is open to Apopka-area high school juniors and seniors. The focus is to prepare young people for their first entry into the workplace and to team them with local businesses that will guide them through a summer of fullfilling and educational employment. Further, Apopka Youth Works provides insight into different career opportunities - an important start for any high school student considering their own path for long-term employment.
In 2015, Apopka Youth Works began with 32 area students from moderate- to low-income families. For many, it was their first chance to work in a real-world business environment, and for some it led to full-time employment. In 2016, enrollment expanded to 75. Sign-up is now underway for 2017, which is set to be even bigger and better.
Apopka Youth Works includes a week-long training program - Workplace Essentials – to provide 24 hours of essential lessons such as how to write an effective résumé and cover letter, interview techniques, communication skills, conflict resolution, and professional workplace etiquette. Students also participate in the United States Conference of Mayors’ DollarWise Campaign. DollarWise provides youth with financial literacy curricula targeting money management skills. By completing 5 online education modules, students are eligible to win Apple iPads and other prizes.
Students spend seven weeks at work. Participating businesses have the opportunity to hire students while the program provides the training and pay. Students earn $8.50 an hour for 30 hours a week during the summer. Applications are due Feb. 28, 2017.