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The Gary Parks and Recreation Department/Youth Services Bureau’s Youth Job Fair will be open to Gary residents ages 14 through 23 from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 3 at the Genesis Convention Center, Hatcher Arena.
Attendees are encouraged to dress for possible on-site interviews and bring at least 20 copies of their resumes. The fair also will include Job Ready workshops to help attendees build their resumes and prepare for a job search.
For more information, call 886-7099. Attendees also can register on-line at GaryYouthWorks.Wufoo.com/forms/hire-me/. Employers can register at GaryYouthWorks.Wufoo.com/forms/partner/.
Updated: May 30, 2013 2:09PM
GARY- Lori Peterson Latham, superintendent of city’s Parks and Recreation, Wednesday said she really wants young people in Gary to go to work.
“What we really want is to put about 500 young people to work,” Latham said after a press conference announcing a series of job fairs for work at the new TravelCenters (T.A.) of America Stopping Center opening next month on Grant Street.
T.A. is one of the employers expected at a Youth Job Fair next month. The company, the city of Gary and WorkOne will host a series of job fairs for prospective adult employees.
“(They’re) going to be there, but there are also other businesses, like Burger King and even a Nick’s Liquors, that are looking for managers,” Latham said. “We’ve reached out to those businesses, and they need managers.”
The department, which absorbed the Youth Services Bureau last year, is trying to boost the city’s chances in the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Summer Youth Jobs Challenge, a competition to boost summer employment for young people nationwide.
Gary officials broadened the definition of youth to include all Gary residents from ages 14 through 23, but, so far, only 14 businesses have signed on. The parks department also will hire youth as part-time lifeguards, grounds keepers and help for the YSB’s summer lunch and recreation program.
Job fairs are helpful, but sometimes, just offering a little guidance- and access to a computer- can make a significant difference, said Ken Patrick, who is working with Gary’s YSB.
Despite computer labs at area schools and libraries, plenty of young Gary residents do not have access to computers, or they do not know how to look for work on-line, Patrick said.
The job fair will offer a computer bank with assistants trained to help attendees do on-line searches, build resumes and more.
“It was a surprise to me, but even when there are computers in a house, parents may not be Internet savvy, so that’s a huge need,” Patrick said.
Part of the YSB’s approach to putting young people to work also may mean putting role models in front of them, he added.