Thursday, June 18, 2015

Y.E.S. provides job search help to young people in Pincher Creek

Toni Lucas

Group Group Youth has been administering Youth Employment Services (YES) for 15 years in Pincher Creek.  YES is a non-profit organization aimed at helping youth from the ages 10 to 24 find summer employment.  The service is offered free to the students and to potential employers. Jobs include full-time, part-time, and odd jobs from both businesses and individuals.  Y.E.S. Coordinator Kelsi Byam is in charge of planning all the fundraisers, workshops, and registering both youth and businesses to make a good match.  "Once they're registered, we know what they are seeking, what hours they are available," she explained.   "When we receive jobs throughout the summer, based on what they're (the employer) seeking, we kind of match them up.  It can be any business, or member in the community or the surrounding area."  She said it can be something as simple as a one time job such as painting a fence or yard cleaning and grass cutting,  washing windows, or finding someone to help for a full time summer position.  "We try and match them with the best student we feel is right for the job."

YES also offers workshops and entrepreneurial activities to help students develop skills such as problem solving, time management, financial skills, networking and effective communicating.  Byam was also the YES Coordinator in 2012.  Now she has planned a series of workshops covering topics about resume and cover letter writing, lawn equipment safety, and first aid.  "For the month of August we are having a career exploring month with our workshops.  We will have tours through different businesses and organizations. We have the Vet Clinic, and the Police Station and the Fire Hall, and we are hoping to have some out at Beauvais Lake with the Conservation officers, and learn bear awareness.   "These will help them develop skills, and they can take that forward when they move into a career."  YES will also hold fundraisers throughout the upcoming months.

To sign up to YES as either an employee or an employer you can contact Byam at 904-0010 or  Office hours are Tuesday - Friday 10:00 am 5:00 am closed from 1:30 - 2:00pm for lunch.  Appointments are available Monday and Saturdays.

Related link:  Youth Employment Services Pincher Creek

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