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Summer18 to benefit business community, young job seekers

MARCH 20, 2018 - Michigan Works! Southeast and Jackson County have partnered for Summer18 launching June 18.

A 10-week summer employment and mentorship program, Summer18 pairs local businesses with Jackson County youth (ages 16-24) to provide on-the-job training that sets the stage for life-long careers, opens doors to new industries, and provides mentorship critical to building professional networks.

“Summer18 in Jackson is a great way for our business community to support the youth in the county,” said Michael Overton, County Administrator, Jackson County.  “This employment exploration and mentorship program has the potential to influence the lives of young people and businesses across Jackson. We are looking for the business community to support this effort through placing young adults at their site and helping to educate them on the intricacies of running a successful operation.  As the employer of record, Jackson County is committed to making this program a successful and easy transition into a partnership between community and business.”

In Washtenaw County last year, the number of jobs available to youth doubled with 80 businesses employing and mentoring youth who gained meaningful work experience and income. This increase in jobs equated to 12,780-plus work experience hours and $124,960-plus invested in youths’ future success.

For Summer18 in Jackson County the goal is to have 30 youth participate this year.

“The Summer18 in Jackson program is a wonderful opportunity for young adults in Jackson to gain valuable work experience and for area companies to help develop and mentor these talented individuals,” said Bill Rayl, President/Executive Director, Jackson Area Manufacturing Association.  “There are great careers available to these young people right here at home.”

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