POC accepting applications for the Youth Development Program


PINELLAS COUNTY — Pinellas Opportunity Council (POC), Inc. proudly presents it countywide 2018 Youth Development Program (YDP).  This program provides youth an opportunity to participate in summer pre-employment training, skills development and job shadowing.

Students presently enrolled in grades 9-12, between the ages of 14-17 and have at least a 2.5 GPA or higher, will gain employability skills, valuable work experience and career exploration.  Income eligibility requirements apply.

The program emphasizes quality jobs as well as students.  Students will also participate in a field trip to explore business and training opportunities.

POC Applications, featuredThe YDP will begin June 6 and ends July 27 with a culmination ceremony on July 27.  Applications are currently available at www.poc-inc.org or can be obtained from POC service office staff at the Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S, St. Petersburg; the Dwight Jones Center, 1035 Burlington Ave. N, St. Petersburg, the Tarpon Springs Center, 301 S. Disston Ave., Tarpon Springs and the POC administration office, 501 1st Ave. N, Suite 517, St. Petersburg.

Applications are also available at the Clearwater MLK Jr. Neighborhood Center Coalition 1201 Douglas Ave., Clearwater and Dr. MLK, Jr. NFC 900 North MLK, Jr. Ave., Clearwater.

All applications must be completed and submitted by April 27, 2018.  Upon the successful completion of the program, students will receive a monetary incentive.

POC will collaborate with the business community to provide part-time employment opportunities for the youth with no cost to the employers.  We are seeking business and community partners to provide employment opportunities for students participating in the program.

Please contact Frances M. Cato at (727) 823-4101 ext. 115 or fcato@poc-inc.org if you are interested in providing a job placement for a student or have any other questions in reference to the YDP.

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