A local youth employment program is wrapping up after a successful summer.
The Flin Flon Manitoba Youth Job Centre, based in the Barrow Provincial Building, helps youth gain work experience.
The centre’s youth engagement leader, Carissa Zoerb, said placements this summer included yard and lawn maintenance jobs, dog sitting and a casual position at a local business.
“The centre helps students access the open and hidden job markets,” said Zoerb.
Throughout the summer, teens aged 12 to 16 also took part in the centre’s Odd Job Squad, a program that gives them opportunities to gain early work experience and access a small income through one-day supervised work events.
Odd Job Squad members washed windows and cars, and sold flowers, dry cookie mix and aromatherapy bath salts door-to-door along with breakfast parfaits, burgers and salad, and specialty iced tea to businesses.
“The [program] depends on the partnership with community members, and the centre’s success is due largely to them,” said Zoerb.
The centre closes for the season on Wednesday, Aug. 17.