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Feb 07

Summer Training and Enrichment Program Now Accepting Applications for Businesses and Participants

Posted on February 7, 2018 at 9:56 AM by Communications Department

The City of Newport News is now accepting applications from businesses and eligible young people for the 2018 Summer Training and Enrichment Program (STEP). In its fifth year, STEP continues to partner with area businesses, nonprofits, and faith institutions to offer on-the-job training and mentorship to all Newport News residents ages 16 - 24. The program is a component of Building Better Futures, the city’s youth and gang violence prevention initiative.

STEP is a 10-week summer work readiness program that provides paid work experience, field trips, workshops, financial literacy education, and GED preparation classes. Participants are introduced to the world of work and skill development at a partner worksite. Program costs are paid by the city. The program begins June 4 for out of school young adults and June 18 for in school youth. 

Businesses and organizations who would like to become a work training location can do so at no cost to the company. Businesses have the opportunity to mentor youth and young adults while helping them to harness skills used in various industries. While the emphasis is on training and introducing participants to the world of employment, there are also benefits to the location.The partnership is open to businesses, nonprofit, and faith-based organizations located throughout the Hampton Roads area. 

STEP Since the inception of STEP in 2014, over 1400 participants have worked over 242,894 hours and have earned over $1,861,470 most of which goes back into our local economy through the purchase of goods and services. In addition, more than 51 participants have been offered employment, proving STEP is beneficial to the participants, the employers and the economy. This training opportunity would not be possible without the partnership of over 75 training sites to include local government, businesses and organizations. STEP continues to grow each year and is becoming the envy of other cities in the Hampton Roads area, as well as receiving notoriety from other cities across the US.

Businesses and interested participants should complete the application on the STEP website. Applications for training partners and participants are being accepted until capacity is reached. Visit the Building Better Futures website for more information about the STEP program and the City’s broader youth and gang violence prevention initiative.