Summer program puts teens 14-17 alongside Chandler city staff - East Valley Tribune: Chandler

Summer program puts teens 14-17 alongside Chandler city staff

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Posted: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 6:24 pm

Chandler teens 14 to 17 have an opportunity to work alongside city staff during summer through a program that gives them valuable work experience as they prepare to enter the workforce as adults. The Leaders in Training program runs June 4 to July 13 and places teens in a professional work environment where they perform meaningful work with a mentor who facilitates development of their job skills. Participants gain hands-on experience by assisting mentors with day-to-day activities at various job sites, including in recreation programs.

The work week for participants begins on Monday afternoons with job skill and leadership development workshops presented by members of the local business and government communities. Teens work four-hour shifts in the morning or afternoon Tuesdays through Thursdays. They can work longer shifts with approval from their mentors. There are also optional field trips.

Teens will be treated like regular employees as much as possible, being held accountable for punctuality, attendance, attitude and performance. Each participant is required to commit to six weeks of the program. Participants are not paid.

Applications are due April 27. Forms can be downloaded at and are available at Chandler high schools. For more information, call (480) 782-2746 or email

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