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2015, 2016 and 2017 Grantee: anne arundel county community action agency
Green Summer Works
Twenty-four Anne Arundel County youth participated in the Anne Arundel County Community Action Agency’s 2015 Green Summer Works (GSW), which included nineteen interns, four team leaders, and a program assistant. Program participants reported to one of the programs’ eleven work sites, where they worked Monday through Thursday. GSW team members completed a wide-variety of tasks at their jobs sites, including landscaping, shoreline restoration, oyster restoration, building a tiny house, staffing at youth day camps, volunteer coordination, and office tasks. Most employer partners are also non-profits who benefit from GSW staffing, due to a lack of funding for summer help they need for their programs.
In addition to working at their assigned job sites four days per week over a six week period of time, GSW team members spent time participating in seven full-day training sessions and activities. Community Action staff consider it of the utmost of importance to find the most engaging training facilitators available to work with the kids. The three areas of focus are workforce preparation, life skills, and financial literacy. The training covers topics such as interviewing skills, resume development, and the importance of timeliness and attendance, but what the youth really seem to appreciate most are the sessions covering life skills and financial literacy.
By keeping the size of the group small (less than twenty-five) it gives the participants the opportunity to get to know each other and build a network, which is important since the participants represented eight high schools and four colleges this past summer. It is the program’s goal to truly build a team. In addition, by allowing youth to participate for more than one year, they have the opportunity to gauge their growth at their job sites and through their participation during training sessions. GSW Team Leaders are also former interns who have earned the promotion by demonstrating their leadership abilities at their work sites.