The Parker Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation will host its annual Free Summer Youth Job, Internship and Volunteer Expo (JIVE) April 13 at Colorado Early Colleges in Parker. The event features more …
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The Parker Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation will host its annual Free Summer Youth Job, Internship and Volunteer Expo (JIVE) April 13 at Colorado Early Colleges in Parker. The event features more than 50 businesses looking to hire workers. More than 140 people have registered and the foundation expects several hundred to attend.
“We know that we have a huge workforce shortage across the country and what we want to do is be able to give younger folks an opportunity to figure out what they want to do, whether it's doing technical training or going right into the workforce after college or a 4-year institution,” said Laura Tuel with the Parker Chamber. “We want to give them the opportunity to try different options at different businesses.”
The event is free to both job seekers and businesses. The event is open to people ages 14 to 25. The potential employers at the expo are targeting that age group, and all employers that have a table have positions open.
The Parker Area Chamber of Commerce consists of about 600 businesses. Participants are asked to register online (parker.coloradoearlycolleges.org) and must “dress to impress” and bring a resume. There will be a resume workshop available as well as a financial literacy workshop hosted by Ent Credit Union.
Taelor Avalos, 15, a sophomore at Chaparral High School, earned an internship through the chamber at last year's Youth JIVE event.
“I think it’s very important because you learn a lot through internships and jobs and it helps you throughout life," Avalos said. "It teaches you a lot about how you organize and talk to people and get to know people, and it’s great experience for students to learn and interact with people."
There will be on-site interviews at the hiring booths as well. Ent Credit Union is one of the sponsors for the event. Bree Shellito, the manager of the community education department, said this event provides an opportunity to bring everybody together to work on the problem of a low youth workforce rate.
“Ent in particular takes young professionals very seriously and we want to make sure we have a young concept coming in for our workforce,” Shellito said.
Dr. Alex Tuel, of Colorado Early Colleges, sees this as a unique offering for a range of professions and levels. Jobs are available for anyone from high schoolers to college graduates.
“I think this is one of a kind opportunity in Parker,” Alex Tuel said. “I always see it as a great opportunity to get students real-world experiences that could benefit them down the road. Our school, we have high academic rigor, which is something I'm appreciative of, but on the flip side of that is getting students in the workforce in a field they may want to pursue down the road.”
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