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Implementation of a Summer Youth Employment Program in St. Ann Jamaica For The Purpose Of building and engaging the talents of our youths.

I am requesting a total of $10,000 to develop, implement, and promote a Summer Youth Employment in South East St. Ann that will keep youth in constructive activities during the summer months.This program will build on youths strengths, foster their resiliency while providing them support, and promote healthy youth development. With the arrival of summer, communities are looking for ways to engage youth in supportive, pro-social activities. Summer youth employment programs are a popular strategy in many communities to engage youth and focus on activities such as career awareness, job readiness, skills training and work/project activities that prepare them for future employment opportunities. As a result, youths gain valuable workforce experience in a safe, productive way. Although the benefits of employment experience are clear, it has become increasingly difficult for youth to find employment. Recent statistics on youth employment underscore the challenges faced by youth in the labor market, particularly in the inner city. Labor economists have expressed alarm over the pattern of youth employment in recent years. Global Professional Services, LLC will collaborate with other organizations to hold an annual Summer Youth Employment Program. The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is an international funded initiative administered by Global Professional Services (GPS) that provides teenagers and young adults with an opportunity to experience the world-of-work, explore potential careers, and gain essential work readiness and life skills in the private and government sectors. The SYEP program combines preliminary training in work readiness skills with a work experience opportunity at a local business or non-profit organization. During the work experience component of the program, youth are placed in a business or organization and assigned work duties related to the identified position. The host business or organization does not pay the youth. GPS provides the youth with workers compensation and an hourly wage of $2.50 USD or $225 JMD (depending upon the countrys exchange rate) for up to 120 hours of employment. The goal of the work experience is to help youth learn to be outstanding employees and to gain valuable job specific skills so that they are prepared to secure competitive employment in the future. Through SYEP, we strive to provide young people with the opportunity to: Earn money and gain meaningful work experience; Learn and develop the skills, attitudes, and commitment necessary to succeed in todays world of work; Gain exposure to various exciting career industries; and Youths will gain skills that enhance future employability. Youths will maintain academic momentum from year to year. Local businesses learn what youths under the age of 21 years can do. The entire community learns that youths cab be valuable employees. Stress is reduced for families of youth due to structured summer activities for their teens. Diversity in the community is enhanced

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