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Feb 23

Summer Training and Enrichment Program Now Accepting Applications for Businesses and Young Adults

Posted on February 23, 2017 at 8:55 AM by Communications Department

The City of Newport News is now accepting applications from businesses and eligible young people for the highly anticipated Summer Training and stepLogo_scEnrichment Program (STEP). In its fourth year, STEP continues to partner with area businesses, non-profits, and faith institutions to offer on-the-job training and mentorship to Newport News residents ages 16 - 24. The program is a component of Building Better Futures, the city’s youth and gang violence prevention initiative.

A 10-week summer work readiness program, STEP provides paid work experience, field trips, workshops, financial literacy education, and GED preparation classes. Participants are introduced to the world of work and skill training by working up to 30 hours per week at their worksite. Program costs are paid by the City. Participants are paid $7.25 per hour and those who have a high school diploma or GED will receive $8.00 per hour. The program begins June 1st for out of school young adults and June 19th for in school youth.

Businesses and organizations who would like to become a worksite can do so at no cost to the business. Business have the opportunity to mentor youth and young adults while helping them to harness skills used in various industries The partnership is open to businesses located throughout the Hampton Roads area. Last year, 75 area businesses and organizations participated in the program.

Business and interested participants should complete the application online on the STEP website. Interested participants must have their application completed by March 31, 2017. More information is available online about the STEP program and about Building Better Futures, the City’s broader youth and gang violence prevention initiative.
Feb 23

Rose Pruning Workshop at Huntington Park

Posted on February 23, 2017 at 8:55 AM by Communications Department

The Newport News Master Gardeners Association is returning to the Huntington Park Rose Garden again this year for a Rose Pruning Workshop Saturday,RosePuning_SC March 4, from 10 AM to 12 PM. Come out and learn how to make the most of your rose garden, weather permitting. Ask questions and see demonstrations from Rosarian Matthew Gobla. Bring your gloves and pruning shears!

This workshop is free of charge but does require registration. To reserve a spot call the Virginia Cooperative Extension office at 757-591-4838. Those with disability and accommodation needs, please register at least five days prior to the event.
Feb 23

One City Marathon Weekend Volunteers

Posted on February 23, 2017 at 8:53 AM by Communications Department

Even if you do not plan on running in any of the four races during One City Marathon Weekend, you can still participate! Share in the experience with about hundreds of your closest friends by volunteering at the two-day Health & Wellness Expo presented by OCMVolunteer_SCRiverside on Friday and Saturday at the Denbigh Community Center or maybe serve at a water station or relay exchange zone. There are several assignments available with your name on it!

We love our volunteers and both individuals and groups can sign up to help out on our volunteer portal.

So there is a lot to be excited about. Be on the lookout for more unique announcements, fun incentives and social media campaigns over the coming days. For example, have you noticed those weird footprints that are popping up around town? Finally, do not forget to like us on the One City Marathon Facebook page and follow us on Twitter at #onecitymarathon.