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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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Youth initiative launches with job shadowing program

Frankfort, IN – In keeping with his focus on developing Frankfort youth into leaders of tomorrow, Mayor Chris McBarnes is launching a two-pronged youth initiative involving a job shadowing program and youth lecture series.

According to the Mayor, a key element in helping area students prepare for the future is presenting options to them for their careers.

“That’s where our job shadowing portion of the initiative comes into play. We will be reaching out to area businesses and organizations to ascertain their interest in hosting high school juniors and seniors for a couple of hours on a mutually agreed upon date so these students can see first-hand what some careers involve.

“In addition to allowing students to see particular occupations and businesses at close range, the format of our program allows business leaders the opportunity to get to know very capable and intelligent young people who they may want to employ one day.

“Because I believe in this approach so much, I’ve tapped two college interns to help me launch our job shadowing effort. These two interns who are working not for pay, but for college credit, will be contacting local businesses and organizations by phone and letter in the very near future.

“This program will not cost the participating businesses any money, but simply a couple of hours of time and information sharing with those shadowing them,” McBarnes explained.

McBarnes’ job shadowing program is open to all Clinton County high school juniors and seniors from Frankfort, Clinton Central, Clinton Prairie and Rossville high schools. Participating students will be required to contribute one hour of community service to Frankfort’s Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program which connects volunteers with seniors and physically challenged residents who need help with their yards and home exteriors.

Area juniors and seniors must have their own transportation to and from the locations where they will job shadow, with the program slated to begin this summer or early fall.

The second phase of the youth initiative is a youth lecture series, a quarterly program where four selected leaders in the areas of business, non-profit, government and sports will speak to area youth on leading successful lives once they graduate and move into the work world. Students in the job shadowing program will be required to attend at least one of the lecture events later on this year.

For questions or interview requests, contact Mayor McBarnes at 765-412-8742.