Youth At Work program sees major success

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A Pitt County program sees major success.

9 On Your Side first reported about the Youth At Work class last winter. It allows students to receive job experience while they continue their education.

In a large urban office on the corner of Dickinson Avenue sits 22-year-old Justus Edmonds. She thought the day would never come.

“I put in applications at different places in Greenville that were hiring and I didn’t have any work experience and no one contacted me back,” said Justus Edmonds, graphic designer, who’s now doing a job she loves working for Reign Incorporated as a graphic designer. She designs ads, business cards, and logos. “This is a tool you use to spread your words.”

She said it’s all thanks to the Youth At Work program helping her get a head start in her field while being a full-time student at Pitt Community College.

“It gave me confidence in myself and that I can do anything I want to do,” said Edmonds. “It showed me that no matter if you didn’t have work experience, you can still be successful.”

The program isn’t only helping Justus. It helps hundreds of students in Pitt County.

Youth Program Specialist Sheena Roberson said it puts more people in the workforce, “They don’t have any work experience and some of them have not completed high school and some have dropped out of college. So we are able to break the barriers they have.”

As for Justus, she’s decided to continue her education and get a bachelor’s in mass communication to make her more marketable in the future.

“I’m excited about my future. I really am,” she added.

The program is also available in Martin, Beaufort, and Bertie counties. For more information, call Sheena Roberson at 252.531-2375 or Shunyoung Razor at the Farmville Office at 252-531-2196

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