Atascadero Unified Schools received a $500.00 grant from Wal-Mart to help fund Enrollment Services Day. The event was held at Santa Rosa Elementary School where community agencies and district staff were present to pass out information and answer questions for families. Free items like coloring books, tooth brushes, tangerines, & resource guides were given away. School supplies & backpacks were raffled off to help children get prepared for the new school year. Some of the participants were CHC, Champions Child Care Program, Teens at Work, Central Coast LINK, and A.U.S.D. staff.
June 17th – The Teens At Work summer program started in full force this week, with a three day orientation and activities that included instructions for for filling out w2 forms, basic work policies and skills development.
The eight week program employs more than 20 students from Atascadero and Paso Robles, and provides a mutli-faceted approach to Youth Development and intervention in San Luis County. “Our program utilizes the age old appreticeship style of jobs skills development through employment. Students get paid while learning job skills, life skills, and responsibility,” remarked Rachel Cementina, the program’s Director.
During the summer, Teens At Work participants work in the actual businesses that support the organization, which earns roughly 30% of its revenue. This includes recycling operations, product development, sales, event staffing and yard clean-up. The teens earn their wages while being taught in a safe, learning environment. This has added up to successful trategy that has seen more than 90% of its students complete high school and enter the workforce or go on to college.
For mor information about teens at work, or to support the program by hiring teens for a summber project, contact Rachel Cementina @ (805) 674-4034.