Price officials briefed on youth job training
How do you engage the young generation? And more importantly, how do you help them develop and utilize their skills to fill the jobs within communities all over the country?
Those were just some of the questions asked during a meeting of representatives from the Division of Workforce Services and Price City officials focusing on a new Youth Services State Program on Wednesday morning at Price City Hall.
Ben Hart, director of employment initiatives, and Shelly Ivie, service area director, helped facilitate with Price City councilors and other entities within the community about how best to find where they can be most effective with the use of grants that can help students in rural areas like Carbon County.
One area that grants can focus on is through STEM Education which centers on informing policymakers on the roles that science, technology, engineering and mathematics helps play in the U.S. being competitive with the world and providing economic prosperity for the future.
Hart said the goal in utilizing grants to help educate and develop the skills over the years for youth is to adapt it to each area.
"We try to tailor grant programs that help the community and try to help develop jobs locally that people can fill and live in their local areas," said Hart.
Price City Mayor Joe Piccolo has been an advocate from the city for helping cite the importance of education for local youth. Piccolo said the key is to help people, in this case youth, develop a sense of self worth that can one day push them to having a net worth of sorts.
"We want to help youth go from having self worth to net worth," Piccolo said.
Learning important life skills during a young age can have an effect that lasts a lifetime. Price City council member Wayne Clausing talked about growing up in a poor family. He credits the opportunities with internships and jobs as a teen that helped him develop his skills and work his way up to his current job as the manager of Sutherlands.
"The cycle can be broken if you want to," said Clausing of growing up in difficult situation. "These kinds of programs were able to help me out with getting jobs when I was growing up."
While the cutting of funds for youth programs from the government hurts communities small and large, Ivie said one of the biggest problems facing programs like this is reaching out and engaging the youth.
Hart said a project put into action in Box Elder County within the past year was only thought to attract the attention of fewer than 100 people. Instead the program has helped more than 300 people since it started, he said.
Clausing said the push for technology based jobs is just one area that needs to be addressed. He is hoping that programs will also focus on other areas including trade skill jobs like plumbers, electricians, engineers and others that than area such as Carbon County depends on.
The goal for a local program would be to write up some grant proposals by April or May so that programs could hopefully be put into place for the new school year in the fall should they be approved, Hart said.
"When everyone works together, things can work," Hart said.