Program available to youth and young adults living in the southeast community; businesses sought to provide work sites for programThe city is gearing up for the second year of the Youth and Gang Violence Prevention Initiative’s Summer Training and Enrichment Program (STEP) and is looking for eligible young people and businesses to participate. The program begins mid-June and will serve approximately 200 out-of-school and in-school young people, ages 16 to 24, who live south of Mercury Boulevard.
“The Summer Training and Enrichment Program was very successful in its first year and we are looking to expand those opportunities this summer,” said Mayor McKinley L. Price. “I believe that providing real, meaningful workforce experience along with financial literacy, remediation, and self-sufficiency training to young people is a vital component of our initiative to reduce youth and gang violence."
Applications are now being accepted for eligible youth and young adults to participate in STEP, a 10 week summer work readiness program that provides paid work experience, field trips, workshops, financial literacy training and GED preparation classes. Participants work at job sites three or four days per week, participate in Enrichment Days one or two days per week and are paid a weekly stipend. Program costs are paid for by the city’s Youth and Gang Violence Prevention Initiative. Applications are available online at www.nnva.gov/1907/Youth-Gang-Violence-Prevention or can be picked up and returned to any of the following locations:
The city is also recruiting businesses and organizations who would like to provide summer opportunities to STEP participants at no cost to the businesses. Job sites must be in Newport News, but do not have to be in the target area. All funding for the STEP program is provided by the Newport News Youth & Gang Violence Initiative, including the stipend the participants receive. Businesses and organizations interested in providing job sites should contact MaRhonda Echols, Youth & Gang Violence Prevention Coordinator at 757-926-3678 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In its second year, STEP has expanded in scope to include a larger target area of the city, longer program period, and larger number of participants (both young people and businesses). Last summer 163 young people participated in the program.
In addition to the businesses and organizations providing job sites, STEP partners include the Newport News Public Schools, Alternatives, Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board and the Peninsula Council for Workforce Development.