Newport News residents ages 16 - 24 still have a chance to apply to the Summer Training and Enrichment Program (STEP). The 10-week program provides paid work experience, field trips, workshops, financial literacy education, and GED preparation classes.
Residents must apply online before the April 7 deadline. Program officials ask that participants applying to the program provide a valid email address and working phone number as they will be contacted when the application cycle closes.
As a part of the program, participants learn new job skills 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 1 for out of school young adults and June 19 for in school youth.
Businesses and organizations in Hampton Roads who would
like to become a worksite can do so at no cost to the business. Businesses serve as mentors to youth and young adults while helping them to harness skills used in various industries.
Interested participants and businesses should complete the application online on the STEP website
. More information is available online about the STEP program
and about Building Better Futures
, the City’s broader youth and gang violence prevention initiative.