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60 St. Pete teens to get “intensive” job training

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A group of St. Pete teens will get a crash course in finding jobs this weekend during the 200 in 2015 Youth Employment Summit. Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. 60 kids will undergo intensive training on how to land a job and be connected with job opportunities.

Kids will participate in micro interviews with any of six participating employers who will be collecting job applications for holiday season jobs and beyond.

The 200 in 2015 campaign is aimed at increasing the number of youth enrolled in programs that connect them with jobs, paid training or internships or career shadowing experiences.

The effort is a partnership between the city and nine agencies including the Pinellas Opportunity Council, YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg, Mt. Zion Human Services, St. Pete College Midtown, Boley Centers, Pinellas Ex-offender Re-entry Coalition, the United Way Suncoast and the 2020 Taskforce.

The Summit is funded by the Tampa Bay Rays, Bon Secours Health Systems, United Way Suncoast and the city.

The Summit is being held at the Childs Park YMCA at 691 43 Street South. In addition to general job training, youth will also participate in a training session with the city. Attendees will watch an employer panel at 4:00 followed by an award of $100 for a training stipend at the end of the day.

Youth employment has been increasingly a part of conversations on how to stamp out generational and cyclical poverty, particularly in the city’s two poorest neighborhoods, Midtown and Child’s Park.

Youth who begin job training young have a better chance at maintaining meaningful employment into adulthood. Emphasis has also been put into skilled labor and vocational training for younger residents.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.

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