Summer Youth Employment Program applications available

BY STAFF REPORTS
01/31/2019 04:15 PM
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Cherokee Nation citizen and 2017 Summer Youth Employment Program participant Madison Shoemaker, left, visits with Zomac School of Music owner Jeffrey Jones. Applications for the employment program are available at any of the 11 Cherokee Nation Career Services offices and are due by April 5. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation will accept applications for its Summer Youth Employment Program, which annually provides work experience to hundreds of Native youth, from Feb. 11 to April 5.

Applications for the program are available at any of the 11 CN Career Services offices in Bartlesville, Claremore, Jay, Miami, Muskogee, Pryor, Sallisaw, Stilwell, Vinita, Warner and Tahlequah. According to a CN SYEP flier, all offices are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for applications.

The six-week program kicks off June 10 and ends July 19, with participants working 40-hour weeks and earning $7.25 per hour.

“The Summer Youth Employment Program continues to be extremely beneficial for Cherokee youth who are trying to determine what career path they might like to take,” Cherokee Nation Career Services Executive Director Diane Kelley said. “Through the Summer Youth Employment Program, participants have an opportunity to learn many of the skills they will need in the workforce through hands-on experiences, all while earning a paycheck.”

To qualify for the program, youth ages 16-24 must be a citizen of a federally recognized tribe and reside within the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction. Applicants must also meet program income guidelines, and all males 18 or older must be registered with the Selective Service System at the time of application. All out-of-school youth will be given priority for placement services, and all participants must be able to pass a drug test at the time of application.

For more information about Career Service offices, visit http://www.cherokee.org/Services/Career/OfficeLocations.aspx.

For more information about the SYEP, call 918-453-5555.

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