Summer Workplace Training Program Offered to Select Number of Area Teens

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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 8th – August 15th.  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, interviews, and references from high school staff members are required.  Those who have previously participated in the Summer Youth Employment Program are ineligible.  Space is limited; applications must be received by June 14th. 

The Summer Youth Employment Program offers teens a wide variety of work experiences at local social service organizations and government offices, handling everything from clerical tasks to assisting local shelters with animal care.  Teens are also given daily classroom instruction about workplace etiquette, interview skills and other topics at Project Self-Sufficiency’s state-of-the-art Career Center.

The program has a measurable impact on the adolescents it serves.  “For many of these young people, the Summer Youth Employment Program is their first workplace experience,” comments Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency.  “The program gives them guidance about workplace expectations as well as basic job skills and offers each teen the opportunity to explore their interests and aptitudes.  The program gives them a foothold in the working world and can serve as a springboard into their future career.”

Interested applicants should visit to download an application.  Completed applications must be submitted by June 14th; eligible applicants will be contacted to set up an interview.  Call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500 for more information.

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Students from last year’s Summer Youth Employment Program at Project Self-Sufficiency.

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