Thursday, March 5, 2015

CareerPoint to Hold Annual “Business Partner Meet and Greet Luncheon”

CareerPoint, the one-stop career center serving Holyoke and surrounding towns, is inviting local businesses to attend their annual “Business Partner Meet and Greet Luncheon” at the Holyoke Public Library on March 13th from 11 AM until 1 PM to raise awareness of and support CareerPoint’s YouthWorks summer program.

CareerPoint’s YouthWorks summer program provides subsidized private, public and non-profit jobs to at-risk youth between 14 and 21 years old in the City of Holyoke, and surrounding communities, during the summer months. Businesses have an opportunity to make a profound impact on the life of a youth in their community by providing a job for a minimum of 6 weeks in an
environment where they are safe, learning, and obtaining invaluable life and work skills. Throughout the program CareerPoint’s business partners are completely supported by CareerPoint staff who place appropriate youth in positions, advise youth during the entire hiring process, conduct trainings on workplace etiquette and best practices, and co-supervise the youth
onsite throughout the entire program.

Mayor Morse once worked at CareerPoint and is a supporter of this private, stand-alone, not-for-profit corporation.

“CareerPoint has helped a great many young people in our community find jobs. I saw this firsthand when I worked there. I encourage local businesses to attend this event and look for ways to give our kids opportunities to work and learn. Helping kids find work now is an important
way to make sure they stay on the right path in life,” Mayor Morse said.

Businesses are encouraged to attend the luncheon to meet other businesses and partners in the community who have participated and who will be in attendance to share their experience with prospective new partners. CareerPoint YouthWorks staff will be able to answer questions regarding participation in the program and the many ways a business can support the at-risk youth in their community.

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