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Teen Success Story

Each year, the Summer Youth Employment Program places approximately 1,000-1,500 youth ages 14-21 in jobs with local employers.  The program receives requests for youth interns from participating employers and then matches youth applicants with the available jobs and internships.  The program pays youth workers minimum wage for hours worked.  Businesses can also participate by hiring youth and paying their wages for at least five weeks, or by supplementing the minimum wage.

Todd Updyke, a manager with Road Machinery, LLC - a company that sells, rents and services heavy equipment for use in construction, mining, forestry, milling and other industries, submitted a simple application explaining the company’s temporary office support needs, its summer internship opportunity, and a few of the preferred characteristics of a successful Road Machinery intern.

High school senior Diana Guerrero fit the bill!

The internship benefited Guerrero and the company.

“I gained a lot of skills for my future jobs,” Guerrero said.  “I will be able to list this as valuable work experience on my resume and applications for future jobs.  I learned real world work ethics that will also be helpful in my future job search.”

Updyke was pleased with Guerrero’s performance.

“Diana is a hard and diligent worker whose work ethic surpassed my expectations,” Updyke said.  “Diana was very respectful to all she came into contact with and is exactly the kind of person any employer would be grateful to have on their team.”