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Floyd County

July 12, 2013

Not yet on the clock: Teens gain work experience through volunteer program

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NEW ALBANY —

Following instructional sessions in the mornings, participants were assigned to different city parks centers where they helped supervise and teach younger kids. 

“On-the-job training is so important,” Wilkerson said.  

NAHS student Mikayla Moore, age 17, already has a job at Taco Bell. But her time with Teen Work Experience has opened up more possibilities. 

She especially took interest in helping teach and supervise youth parks programs. 

“I love working with little kids. It has been a neat experience,” she said. 

Participants of the program met with Mayor Jeff Gahan in his office Thursday, where they were presented with certificates of achievement. 

The teens weren’t paid for their time, but Wilkerson believes the experience will pay off down the road. 

“Just to see the smiles on those kids faces. They’ve asked so many questions during the last two months,” she said, adding that Teen Work Experience will return again next summer. 

“It’s been a very successful program.” 

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