Youth at work program helping local teens

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – While a number of college graduates are trying to find their first jobs, some people in the area are competing for the same positions without any conventional training.

That’s where Youth At Work comes in. The program works with people 16 to 24 years old. Participants take classes and work 20 hours a week to gain professional experience.

“We have to make sure that every person here has the opportunity to grow and be a part of this community,” Ernis Lee with Pitt Community College said. “This program helps kids to understand that that they are part of the community and we want them to be successful.”

One teen is now on her way to college thanks to a local program. Iesha McCassling is going to UNC-Pembroke in the fall. She says she’d recommend the program to anyone.

Iesha McCassling said, “It kind of gives you motivation a little bit, to do what you want to do.”

The federal government funds the project. Students have to fall under a certain set of criteria before they can apply. For more information visit: http://www.regionqyouthatwork.org/pittcounty.html

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