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Monday, Feb 24 2014 10:58 AM

'First Look': Boys & Girls Clubs empower youth through employment

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    Renee Stancil and Marshall Johnson from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County discuss the 2014 PG&E summer jobs program on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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To get a job, first you need to know how to handle an interview. For the second year in a row, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County has partnered with PG&E for a summer jobs program that will put youth to work in Bakersfield.

Monday on "First Look with Scott Cox," Renee Stancil, area program director with the club, and program specialist Marshall Johnson provided details on the training process and what teens can expect when applying for the program.

There will be training on how to build a strong resume, how to behave in an interview and other critical details employers evaluate, Stancil said.

"We are going to tell them everything they need to know to prepare them for the real world," Johnson said.

Teens ages 15 to 18 will go through a 10-week training program and will be interviewed by a club panel, which will decide who gets the opportunity to apply for a six-week paid summer job.

The club hopes to recruit more than 300 students from local high schools to attend the training. From those, only 55 will get one of the summer jobs at the end of the training, Stancil said.

Teens who are determined and consistently attend the training will not only learn how to fill out a job application, but their self esteem will also be boosted.

"They get to interact with other students and even if they don't get a job at the end, they will walk away with a resume, cover letter and job leads," Stancil said.

PG&E is paying for the training and the pay for students who get the jobs.

The deadline to apply is Thursday. For more information, call 325-3730.


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