A limited number of positions will be available in the Summer Youth Employment Program to be offered at Project Self-Sufficiency during July and August.  Eligible Sussex County teens, ages 15 – 17, will receive free employability skills instruction at Project Self-Sufficiency, and will participate in paid, on-the-job training at local workplaces.  The Summer Youth Employment Program will take place Monday – Thursday, July 11th – August 11th.  Eligibility guidelines include family income, transportation status, current enrollment in high school, and other factors.  Free transportation to and from Project Self-Sufficiency and the work sites will be provided to participants; use of the transportation program is required.  Space is limited; applications must be received by June 20th.  Those who have previously participated in the Summer Youth Employment Program are ineligible. 


The Sussex County Board of Social Services employs teens every summer as part of Project Self-Sufficiency’s Summer Youth Employment Program.  The students handle basic clerical tasks like manning the reception desk, filing, data entry and helping in the county food pantry.  Director Carol Novrit, notes, “The kids are terrific.  They are productive and they bring a renewed energy and excitement into the office that only a 15 or 16-year-old can bring.”


The program has a huge impact on the outlook of each teen as well.  “Every summer, I see a big change in each child because this is usually their first work experience, so they have to learn basic employment skills like what it means to work.  By the end of their time here, many are able to work independently and they have a new appreciation for work.  They also learn what they do and do not like, which will help them when it is time to select a career.”


For information about eligibility or to schedule an interview, contact the Project Self-Sufficiency Career Center at 973-940-3500.  Additional information is available at www.projectselfsufficiency.org.