The City of Apopka and CareerSource Central Florida are teaming up once again to provide local students with unique opportunities to explore a variety of rewarding careers in the Apopka area.
The career education program is open to Wekiva and Apopka High School juniors and seniors. The focus is to prepare young people for their first entry into the workplace and to team them with members of the local business community that will guide them through a summer of fulfilling and educational employment. 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. Now in our fifth year, we have over 110 students participating!
Apopka Youth Works includes a week-long training program to provide 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 a financial literacy course designed to teach money management skills.
Students spend seven weeks at work. Participating businesses have the opportunity to hire students while the program provides the training and pay. Students earn $11 an hour for 30 hours a week during the summer. Applications are due May 3rd, 2019.