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Jeffco YouthWorks to host job fair for young adults

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By Chris Ferguson

Attention, teens: It’s time to polish your resume and iron your business attire. 

That’s because Jeffco YouthWorks will host its Young Adult Job Fair on March 5. The fair, which serves all youths in the metro area, will bring businesses, community partners and apprenticeship programs to one location. The fair will offer workshops, application assistance and resume-reviewing rooms to give young people support. 

For this event, the focus is just on youth jobs, so young people don’t have to compete with older workers. 

The event is part of the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt Program, said Andrew Galloway, career specialist with Jeffco YouthWorks. Every county offers its own youth hiring service; however, Jeffco is one of the few that offers a large youth hiring event such as this, Galloway said.

Summer hiring with employers such as Elitch Gardens, Lakeside Amusement Park, Waterworld and some county positions will be represented. For businesses to attend the fair, YouthWorks requires employers to have jobs that are available at that time. 

For youngsters new to the working world, Galloway offered a host of advice. He said young people should dress in business attire or business casual clothing. Students who are well dressed at the event will be eligible for door prizes, such as tickets to Bandimere Speedway or Elitch’s. 

“This is a great opportunity for them to present themselves to a business — show them their resume and get some feedback,” he said. 

For young people who are nervous about venturing into the working world, Galloway said this is an opportunity to gain new skills.

“This is a great opportunity to practice. The only way to get better at interviewing is talking to businesses and by practicing. And we’re here to support them as well. We always have our booths for our organization so that we can prep them a little bit.”

Jeffco YouthWorks, which is a year-round program open to youths ages 14 to 21, offers preparatory programs throughout the year to give young people the skills to be successful at interviews. In the summer, YouthWorks offers its Job Safari program, which gives young people the chance to tour businesses in select industries to learn what it takes to get into those fields. 

Job Safari employers have included Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Invesco Field at Mile High and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. 

YouthWorks also highlighted the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. 

“What we are trying to teach them is that it’s not just a police office; there’s an admin person there, there’s a front desk there, there are clerks watching over the jail, there’s animal control. And those all have different requirements on how you get into that position,” Galloway said.

“So we go out there so that young people can get ideas of what they want to do when they grow up and how to get on the path of achieving that goal. A lot of kids aren’t sure what they want to be when they grow up, so we are trying to show them all the opportunities that are out there, not just ones they see on TV.” 

The Jeffco YouthWorks Young Adult Job Fair will be held from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at the Jeffco Fairgrounds, 15200 W. 6th Ave. in Golden.

For more information on Jeffco YouthWorks, visit the office at 3500 Illinois St. in Golden, call 303-271-4613 or e-mail jeffcoyouthworks
@jeffco.us. Find the office on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JeffcoYouthWorks1.

 

Chris Ferguson is a news editor for Evergreen Newspapers. E-mail news tips to chris@evergreenco.com.