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2012.07.10 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

SummerWorks Omaha Provides Employment, Lessons for High School Students

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is once again sponsoring SummerWorks Omaha, a summer youth employment academy for first-time job seekers.

SummerWorks Omaha began in 2011 and is made possible by local philanthropists who are dedicated to addressing the concerns and needs of the Omaha-metropolitan area.

Now in its second year, SummerWorks Omaha began on June 4 and will continue through Aug. 3. The nine-week program is designed for select high school students, aged 15 – 18, who desire to earn an income through summer employment. During the program the students also learning important skills that can be used to secure future employment and encourage active citizenship in the Omaha community.

Organized through UNO’s Student-Community Leadership and Service (SCLS) program, this year’s SummerWorks Omaha program features 150 students providing park maintenance and assisting local nonprofit organizations. Already, the students have provided beautification services to the Benson Park Golf Course, Carter Lake and Fontenelle Park, in addition to providing assistance to the Durham Museum and its Mindbender Mansion exhibit.

“UNO is the metropolitan university of Nebraska, and community stewardship is a key element to our mission,” said Kathe Oleson Lyons, SummerWorks Omaha director and director of UNO SCLS. “This program speaks to the essence of our mission in educating youth and building and strengthening both our community and those we serve.”

As part of the program, students work daily from Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for $7.25 an hour along with lunch and transportation by local businesses. On Fridays, the students experience a change of pace from their work to learn more about Omaha and the Omaha business community.

The youth employment model for SummerWorks Omaha is known as the “Blueprint for Success in the Workplace,” which contains five components including “Workplace Protocol,” “Collegiality/Communication,” “Leadership,” “Personal Conduct” and “Future Direction and Community Resources.”

The model teaches youth to set goals and built motivation through individual performance goals. Throughout the program employees are encouraged to “learn, earn and serve.”

SummerWorks Omaha participants will conclude their summer work experience on Friday, Aug. 3 with a special reception.

For more information on SummerWorks Omaha email summerworksomaha@yahoo.com or contact UNO SCLS at 402.554.4084.

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