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2011.06.06 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

100 High School Students Find Summer Employment Through UNO Program

Omaha - A first-of-its-kind community engagement program for the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is providing summer employment opportunities for 100 high school students Monday, June 6 through Friday, Aug. 5.

Now known as SummerWorks, the program was initiated and funded by several local private foundations. No federal or other governmental funds are included.

The SummerWorks program, managed by UNO’s Service-Learning Academy, has recruited Omaha high school students, ages 15-18, to gain work experience, learn new skills, build their résumés and explore Omaha this summer.

The students will work Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Fridays, the students will take a break from their summer jobs to learn more about cultural events, city attractions and personal development skills.

The students – primarily from Benson, Central, Northwest, and North high schools – are earning $7.25 per hour, Monday through Friday. Each student also receives free lunch daily.

A shuttle at Metro Community College’s 30th and Fort Street campus takes the students to and from their daily work sites.

Each team consists of six students, and is supervised by an adult with experience in education, teaching or social services.

During the nine-week employment program, the students will work on a variety of projects in and around Omaha, including city park maintenance, downtown beautification and assisting local nonprofit organizations.

The SummerWorks program received applications from 450 high school students; 100 were chosen based on school or community involvement and personal goals for participation in the program.

Earlier this year, high school students were encouraged to apply to the SummerWorks program at a variety of locations, including their high school guidance offices; the Urban League of Nebraska; Girls, Inc., of Omaha; Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands; and the YMCA.

“UNO is the metropolitan university of Omaha, and community engagement is a key element to our mission,” said Kathe Oleson Lyons, SummerWorks director and assistant director of UNO’s Service-Learning Academy. “This program speaks to the essence of that mission in educating youth and building and strengthening both our community and those we serve.”

For more information on the SummerWorks program, call the UNO Service-Learning Academy, (402) 554-6019.

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