No doubt competition for summer jobs is about to get heated.
the end of school is almost here.
Zach Fletcher found an agency in Joplin.. That's helping youngsters find work.
Sam Mondragon sifts through clothing at the hope chest.
he's been working there for about a month --- dropping out of school at the seventh grade and entering the workforce.
"that was to help family get a job and help pay bills and stuff." - Sam Mondragon
Mondragon figured there would be no end in sight as to working part-time restaurant jobs until he applied with the voices program, a division of Missouri career service.
"I was like okay, you're young and you get older and you really don't want to go to school no more. You just want a job and have your own place to live and that's how I kind of felt." - Sam Mondragon
Thomas "Bubba" Evansco is the youth recruiter for the voices program.
he serves as the youth recruiter for the career center.
"we're absolutely committed to assisting these kids, these youth, these young adults to be the best they can be. Our program is all about empowering the youth and allowing them to better themselves and that's what it's all about." -Thomas Evansco
as part of the voices program, people from the ages of 16 to 21 are able to get job placement and help with resumes, interview preparation, and many other opportunities.
the program also helps with financial needs of clients, whether it be schooling or something they need for on the job training.
"whether that be high school, GED, post-secondary, welding school, CNA school, any of that stuff, we try to get that first then try to move to job placement part of it." says Evansco
and for Mondragon, he now has a G-e-d
he plans on going into fashion, and with the help of the voices program he will be taking classes to gain his business degree with an emphasis in fashion.
his employer has helped guide him and is thankful for the voices program.
"the voices program is a fantastic program I mean absolutely fantastic; give these kids a chance." - Kathy Wilson
and a chance to put more on a resume that may have been pretty empty.
for more information on the "voices program".. Just go to workforce zone-dot-net.
we've put a link to in on our web site.. Fox-14 TV-dot-com.