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Hundreds of East Orange Youth Turn Out For Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP)

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Naturi Naughton (right) LaDonna Johns, Manager of MOET (left)
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EAST ORANGE, NJ - The East Orange Mayor’s Office of Employment & Training (MOET) once again launched their annual Summer Work Experience (SWEP) and College Intern Programs in front of a packed auditorium at the Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts this past Saturday.

An estimated five to six hundred youth residents braved the inclement weather to submit application for consideration of employment this summer. And their optimism and effort were handsomely rewarded with a surprise visit by East Orange’s own resident entertainer and movie star Naturi Naughton, best known for her roles in Fame, Notorious (where she portrayed the iconic role of Lil Kim), the Playboy Club and the hit HBO television series Power.

In addition to Naturi, the program featured a several guest speakers and dignitaries from the community, including Ms. LaDonna Johns, Manager of the Mayor’s Office of Employment & Training for the City of East Orange.

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SWEP and the College Intern Program are components of the City of East Orange’s Youth Work Initiative. The program is primarily funded by the City of East Orange with the participation of the private sector that has provided job opportunities for our youth. It is a six-week summer employment program for youth ages 14-24 who are East Orange residents. An average of 200 participants are placed in private and public sector jobs; i.e. Local non-profit agencies, the Municipal Court and City Departments every year.

About MOET

The Division has a primary focus, to service unemployed low to middle income adults, seniors and disabled residents of the City of East Orange.

The program offers employment activities and training that will maximize the opportunities for a career to obtain entry level/professional jobs and achieve their goal of self-worth and independence through providing a new career.

They work with residents in their quest to achieve a “Life Change” by offering Counseling, Mentoring, Job Clubs, Personal Developmental Plans, Community Resource Information, Referrals, Office Etiquette and Empowerment Workshops. They also have use of “State of the Art” computer equipment, telephones, fax machines and copier service for your job search.

New to the Division is the offering of FREE skills training courses. There will be “Skills Training Seminars” to announce the beginning of each training course and alert the public of the up-coming opportunities. The training programs will provide participants who successfully complete the training with a new career.

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