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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 Friday, April 7. More information is available online about the STEP program and about Building Better Futures, the City’s broader youth and gang violence prevention initiative.