Amherst Survival Center to offerjob panel for teenagers

Staff Writer
Thursday, May 18, 2017

AMHERST — A job panel for teenagers that will provide information about getting work is scheduled for May 25 at the Amherst Survival Center.

Partnering with the vocational services for the Amherst public schools and the Collaborative for Educational Services, the Job Panel for Teens runs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the 138 Sunderland Road site.

The panel will include Jeremy Brown, hiring manager for Big Y Supermarkets, and Jack Cole, a student at the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School who has successfully landed employment.

Survival Center Executive Director Mindy Domb said the event comes out of a strategic plan developed by the board last fall that expands the mission to connect residents of Hampshire and Franklin counties to food, clothing, health care, wellness and community, primarily through volunteer efforts.

As part of the strategic direction, Domb said there are efforts to engage the community to not only reduce the effect of food insecurity in neighbors, but to create an environment where people can move beyond a condition of need. The job support program is a way to reduce the effects of poverty.

While no jobs will be offered at this event, it is an opportunity for people up to age 21 to learn techniques for more effectively filling out an application and doing a job interview, and to get support, such as programs where eligible youth may apply for assistance with finding a job, getting their GED or other job training.

Tracey Levy, program director at the center, said the panel supplements a series of programs that support community members to seek and find employment, including a weekly one-on-one service on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., computers that can be used to search for jobs and clothes at the community store that can be used for employment.

“This is the third time we’ve organized this event specifically for youth, and we’re excited to be offering this kind of information support for them,” Levy said.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.